CAL DramatiCALs Present Cinderella, March 12-13 and 19-20

This Broadway adaptation of the classic musical maintains the unforgettable score of Rodgers and Hammerstein but this version of the rags-to-royalty story includes new characters and plot twists.

Cinderella doesn’t hide in her “own little corner” for long and she isn’t longing for a prince to rescue her, charming or not. In a kingdom facing an uncertain future, its new leader seeks first to find himself. And even evil stepsisters may be full of surprises.

However, the heart of the famous fairy tale remains intact so nothing is “impossible,” but it may require more than a glass slipper and the wave of a wand to make things right for “a lovely night.”

When one stops long enough to listen to the wisdom of others, the truth of Romans 12:18 becomes clear: “do all that you can to live in peace with everyone” when wishing for a happily ever after.

Celebrating Black History Month – Henry (Hank) Louis Aaron Jr.

Henry (Hank) Louis Aaron Jr., was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1934. Aaron began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League. He joined the Milwaukee Braves of the major league in 1954, eight years after Jackie Robinson had integrated baseball. Aaron was the last Negro League player to compete in the majors. He quickly established himself as an important player for the Braves and won the National League batting title in 1956. The following season, he took home the league’s MVP award and helped the Braves beat Mickey Mantle and the heavily favored New York Yankees in the World Series. In 1959, Aaron won his second league batting title. Aaron is best known for breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 career home runs, which he established in 1935. On April 8, 1974, in front of a crowd of over 50,000 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Aaron hit his 715th career home run in the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sadly, in the months leading up to the new record, Aaron received piles of racist hate mail and death threats from those unhappy about seeing the Babe’s record broken, especially by a Black man. Aaron, who played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1965 and the Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1974, spent the final two seasons of his 23 years in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. When he retired in 1976, he left the game with 755 career home runs, a record that stood until August 7, 2007, when it was broken by Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants. Aaron still holds the records for most career runs batted in (2,297), most career total bases (6,856) and most career extra base hits (1,477). After retiring as a player, Aaron became one of baseball’s first Black executives, with the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Aaron died on January 22, 2021 at age 86.




Celebrating Black History Month – Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (1924-2005) was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Her motto and title of her autobiography—Unbossed and Unbought—illustrates her outspoken advocacy for women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1964, Chisholm ran for and became the second African American in the New York State Legislature. After court-ordered redistricting created a new, heavily Democratic, district in her neighborhood, in 1968 Chisholm sought—and won—a seat in Congress. There, “Fighting Shirley” introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation and championed racial and gender equality, the plight of the poor, and ending the Vietnam War. She was a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971, and in 1977 became the first Black woman and second woman ever to serve on the powerful House Rules Committee. Chisholm retired from Congress in 1983.  Chisholm said, “I want to be remembered as a woman … who dared to be a catalyst of change.”