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Performing Stars: “The Lost Stories of Marinship: The Black Experience”

  • First Missionary Baptist Church 501 Drake Ave Marin City., CA United States (map)

Ten child performers ages 8 to 12 will bring to life this month the early days of the Sausalito shipyard Marinship that — in partnership with shipworkers who lived in Marin City — helped the U.S. win World War II. From 1942 to 1945, 75,000 workers from across the country descended on Southern Marin to build ships. Many of the black workers came from the South. In the play, written by Kirsten Kammermeyer using oral histories of actual Marinship workers interviewed in a project in conjunction with Bay Area Discovery Museum, kids portray workers coming from the South to take jobs as welders.

Performing Stars was founded in 1990 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with the belief that providing involvement in art, music, theater and other enrichment opportunities for low income and at-risk children would help them "reach for the stars" as they grew and matured rather than acting out in negative ways.