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Charlotte Battin

Artist's Narrative

Charlotte Battin Charlotte Battin has received national recognition for her one-woman drama, Freedom Is My Home stories of the Underground Railroad set in 1853.  Selected to be an available program through the National Park Service and the Indiana Historical Society Speakers Bureau, this program also won a national playwriting award, is listed with the National Women's History Project, and is part of the award-winning DVD series, Storywatchers Club which claimed seven national awards and has been marketed internationally.

Words often used to describe this show by educators and others are:  Exciting, Entertaining, Educational, and Eloquent.

The mission of Charlotte Battin Productions is to present thoughtful, well-executed performances that will entertain and delight the audience and provide them with a positive theatrical experience as well as deliver uplifting messages and educational information.

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Availability

Upon request.
Fees listed are for schools in the Columbus area.

Programs Available

Freedom Is My Home (Grade levels 4-adult)
Freedom Is My Home is a play about the Underground Railroad told from the point of view of a Quaker woman. Margaret Ella Scott is an abolitionist and active participant in Underground Railroad activities in 1853. She has called together a group of interested people (the audience) who are there to learn about the "Railroad" and how they can help. She tells stories of daring escapes and of friendships born in the course of helping runaways. She explains the secret codes used and the risks that must be taken. And, finally, she closes the meeting with a question that is appropriate for all time. "If called upon, how would you respond to someone in need?"

Helping educators teach the Underground Railroad, this play brings history to life for students, and at the same time fulfills state academic standards in social studies and literature. Comments following performances substantiating this fact have been: "I was there!" "You really took me back there." "I felt like I was back all those years in history."
Activity Options:
Freedom Is My Home
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $350 / or $300 each for block bookings. Additional travel charges ($100) apply for bookings before 1pm or after 6pm due to travel and set-up time.
  • Requirements: four chairs and electrical outlet

Cinderella Revisited (Grade levels K-4)
The traditional story of Cinderella is retold by the Fairy Godmother with the able help of one of Cinderella's mice. A misspoken spell diverts them to your classroom, library, or wherever you might be. As Cinderella's Fairy Godmother tells her version of the traditional story, she spreads magic dust, and pulls other surprises from her traveling carpet bag as she searches for the gift that Cinderella has given her. This enchanting event will do more than entertain the audience. It will reinforce important Life Skills Lessons such as: common sense, caring, sense of humor, effort, perseverance, cooperation, flexibility, friendship, and personal best.

Optional classroom visits include Q&A time, Cinderella games, the opportunity for children to act out the play, and more!
Activity Options:
Cinderella Revisited
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Fees: $300/ or $250 each for block bookings. Additional travel charges ($100) apply for bookings before 1pm or after 6pm due to travel and set-up time.
  • Requirements: one chair and electrical outlet
Cinderella Revisited: Classroom Visits
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $50 (when combined with performance)

Polynesian Culture (Grade levels K-6)
Polynesian Culture refers to the indigenous people’s culture of Polynesia who share  common traits in language, customs and society.  The emphasis of this program is on Hawaii, but also includes Tahiti and New Zealand:
  • Telling stories with the hands
  • Hawaiian language
  • Polynesian Instruments
  • Hukilau, an easy hula dance
  • Lots of audience participation
Additional activities that may be done with small groups (25 or less) include:
  • Polynesian games
  • Polynesian crafts
  • Lei-making
  • Poi balls
  • History/Geography/other information

To make the most of the audience participation segment, this program works best with not more than 100 students.
Activity Options:
Polynesian Culture
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Fees: $300/ $250 for block bookings. Additional travel charges ($100) apply for bookings before 1pm or after 6pm due to travel and set-up time.
  • Requirements: 100 students max.
Polynesian Culture: Classroom Visits
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $50 (when combined with performance)
  • Requirements: 25 students max.

Miming A Story (Grade levels 2-6)
Students will learn to tell a story through movement, gestures, and facial expression.  When learned, these skills can often help the student become more at ease and promote creativity in required classwork such as giving a speech or other presentations.
Activity Options:
Miming A Story
  • Duration: half day, travel included.
  • Fees: $400