How old is a hero? The Adventures of C.A.B. finds the answer to this question at the S. Dillon Ripley Center presented by Discovery Theatre. The play looks at the lives of three children who actions help change the world and asks the question how old is a hero? The play opens with three children on the stage and as they introduce themselves they tell their story. The first was Ruby Bridges; C.A.B had learned about her in school and just saw her exhibit in the African American Museum. He was just a smiling; I know who she is. Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960. She describes her experience and realizes she is a hero. She spoke about being only six years and eager to go to school and learn. Her father was reluctant because of the resistance he knew she would face. She describes her first day being like Mardi Gras and how her and her mother were escorted to school by marshals. She explains that it was just her and the teacher in class. Her teacher volunteered to teach her and she was white and from the North. She ate lunch and played by herself, but through all of this she loved school.
The next person was Ernest Greene of the Little Rock Nine. The Little Rock Nine was a group of African-American students who were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Ernest Green was the first African-American to graduate from the school in 1958. He wore a cap and gown during the play as he discussed how he felt on the first day and describe the angry crowd that greeted him. The last hero was Claudette Colvin; who refused to give up her seat on the bus . She did this months before Rosa Parks and knew her from her church. She explained how she paid her fare and how it was unfair for her to have to give up her seat because of the color of her skin.
The play introduced words such as integration, segregation, and equality to the audience. The audience participated by holding up signs as if they were protesting. The play explored the different ways one can become a hero and kids can change the world. There was also a question and answer period that allowed the audience of children to answer questions to the cast about the character they played. The play was awesome and C.A.B. really enjoyed it. We talked about the play and how brave the students were.