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Mad River Theater Works presents John Henry

Final show in the 2020 Fibre Federal Credit Union Rainy Months Series for young families!

John Henry is a well-known figure of American folklore. Born in poverty in rural West Virginia, John Henry’s incredible size and strength became legendary as he worked laying track for the railroads that crisscrossed the countryside in the late nineteenth century. No one could match his skill or his endurance, until the invention of the steam-powered driver, that is.

We remember John Henry for his famous contest with this newfangled machine. John won the day,  but died soon afterwards of a broken heart.

 John Henry realized that ordinary men could not compete with the iron workhorses of the  industrial revolution and that the days of men like him were numbered. John Henry, uses

  storytelling, drama, and music to bring the story

of an American legend to life. It is a tale that speaks to young and old alike and carries a strong contemporary parallel about the importance of our humanity in the face of changing technology.

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Earlier Event: April 23
Classic Film Series "Funny Face"