Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Monday, May 19, 2014.

D.C.-AREA STUDENTS PRESENT AN EVENING OF ORIGINAL SPEECHES ON MAY 21, 2013

Students from Washington-area schools will perform on Ford’s Theatre stage

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., student orators will present an evening of inspiring speech presentations on the Ford’s Theatre stage (511 Tenth Street NW). Participating students are part of two after-school programs sponsored by Ford’s Theatre Society: Speak like the President and the Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble (YLEs). This year’s participants include Higher Achievement scholars from the Ward 6 Achievement Center and students from Greenbelt Middle School. Following the performance, students will enjoy an ice cream social with the audience in the Ford’s Theatre lobby.

The Speak like the President presentations are the culmination of a year-long study of the words of historical leaders including Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, as part of a program designed to help middle- school students build public-speaking, writing and leadership skills. These students will deliver original speeches on social issues and subjects that are important to them.

The Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble performance is the culmination of a program developing their leadership, performance and public speaking skills. They will present an ensemble piece integrating the words of Abraham Lincoln with the words of other historic leaders as well as their own.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office on the evening of the performance. Doors open at 6 p.m. Media interested in covering the event should contact Lauren Beyea at lbeyea@fords.org or (202) 434-9543.

The Ford’s Theatre education programs are supported by lead education sponsor BP America.

For additional information on these programs, including how schools and individual youth can participate, visit www.fords.org/education or contact the Ford’s Theatre Society Education Department at education@fords.org or (202) 434-9537.

Ford’s Theatre Society
Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has celebrated Lincoln’s legacy and explored the American experience through theatre and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. From the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Necessary Sacrifices and Meet John Doe, Ford’s Theatre has begun to make its mark on American theatre. For its accomplishment, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit www.fords.org.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Beyea at lbeyea@fords.org