Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges

This show is open to middle school students.


Students and families can choose from the following times:

  • Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30pm


Howard Conn Fine Arts Center (Located within the Plymouth Congregational Church)
1900 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

About the Show

Ruby Bridges was only 6 years old when the Civil Rights movement came hammering at her door, making her the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. On the heels of Brown v. Board of Education, schools were ordered to integrate with “all deliberate speed,” and in 1960, Ruby became one of six black children to integrate all-white schools in the city. Ruby’s integration placed undue pressure on her family—almost tearing them apart—as they watched helplessly while federal marshals escorted young Ruby to school. With songs inspired by The Shirelles, Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson, this musical explores a little girl’s unbeatable courage in the face of adversity as she helped to lead the Civil Rights movement up the front steps and into the classrooms of an elementary school in New Orleans.

Contains mature themes, including racial discrimination, intimidation and verbal and physical violence. Children should be 8 years of age or older to attend this performance. Childcare will be provided for those under the age of 8. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.


If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

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or call Project Success at (612) 874-7710

This show is open to middle school students.

Invited students can pick up tickets at the Project Success table in the lobby of the theater on the dates of the performances. Please arrive 20 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets. Each student/family may receive up to 4 FREE tickets.

Thank you to Project Success theater partner, Youth Performance Company, for providing tickets to students at no cost.


  • When learning about American civil rights history, it can feel like it happened in the distant past. But it wasn’t that long ago. Ruby Bridges was six years old when this story happened, and she’s only 65 today. There are many, many people who remember when racial discrimination was much more visible and cruel. They know what it looked like, sounded like and felt like. It’s personal for them. One day, when you are older, what stories will you tell of today’s civil rights? What victories and changes do you hope we will have achieved by then?

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A brief historical description

Ruby Bridges as an adult, describing her 1st grade experience