Freedom Summer

When you speak with heart, people listen.

In the summer of 1964, civil rights workers from New York City join forces with grassroots activists in Meridian, Mississippi. Freedom Summer follows their crusade for equality as they navigate racism, corruption, and violence in the Jim Crow south. As the quest for progress begins to take its toll on the group, they’re forced to reckon with what it means to be an activist and the price one pays to rewrite history.

Music by Charlie H. Ray & Sam Columbus
Lyrics and Book by Charlie H. Ray
Directed by Dana A. Iannuzzi

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Dates & Times

Apr 4, 2020
7:30 PM
Apr 5, 2020
5:00 PM
Apr 5, 2020
8:30 PM
Apr 6, 2020
7:00 PM
Run time is approximately 2 hours, with one intermission.


The Helen Theatre - Playhouse Square
1501 Dodge Ct, Cleveland OH 44114

Dana A. Iannuzzi


Sam Columbus

Music Director

Karma Jenkins


Beth Burrier

Music Supervisor

Nick Drake

Associate Choreographer

Eden Mau

Rita Schwerner

Tavon Olds-Sample

James Chaney

Ben Seneff

Mickey Schwerner

Andrew Nelin

Andy Goodman

RhonniRose Mantilla

Sue Brown (Dance Captain)

Marcus Martin

Preston Ponder

Veronica Otim

Lenora Thurmond

Karis Brizendine

Carolyn Goodman

Will Boone

Ensemble/Sheriff Cecil Price

Autumn Key

Ensemble (Lenora Cover)

Noah Wohlsen

Ensemble/Mr. Lehman

Syd Krauth

Ensemble (Sue Cover)

Eric Graupensperger

Ensemble/Jimmy Townsend (Mickey/Andy Cover)

Lauren Senden

Ensemble (Rita Cover)

Charles Miller

Ensemble (Preston/James Cover)

Lauren Tidmore

Ensemble (Carolyn Cover)

Harrison Rothblatt


Sydney Whittenburg


Jenna Coffey

Production Stage Manager

Rachel Alloway

Assistant Stage Manager

Everett Boyle

Assistant Stage Manager

Lindsay Miller

Assistant Music Director
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