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Vanport the Musical
May 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 5, 2022
One event on May 28, 2022 at 2:00 pm
One event on June 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm
World Stage Theatre presents Vanport the Musical!
May 20 – June 5, 2022
Most enjoyed by ages 8 and up
In collaboration with Northwest Children’s Theater
Part of the 2022 Vanport Mosaic Festival
Welcome to Vanport, a city located between Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA that thrived during World War II. On the heels of the Great Depression, people were eager to find work and make money. When Henry Kaiser put out a call for workers in his shipyard, people came from far and wide. But what was it really like?
Shalanda Sims, the Executive/Artistic Director of World Stage Theater, created Vanport the Musical out of a quest to find out why and how her family arrived in a place like Portland with such a low percentage of Black people. Her mother shared stories about her great grandmother Dorothy who traveled from Texas to work in the shipyard and introduced her to elders who lived in Vanport as children. With all of this new information she felt a deep sense of responsibility to the elders and descendants of Vanport to take what was in her hand through theater and music and tell this story!