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Mick Souter’s Touring Musical Theatre “All Aboard The Iron Horse
October 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
October 13 @ 7:30pm
Musician, storyteller, and regional favorite Mick Souter, West Virginia’s ‘Bard’ of Education will be performing his high-energy show, “All Aboard the Iron Horse,” at the Apollo Civic Theatre on October 13 at 7:30pm.
“All Aboard the Iron Horse” is a captivating railroad journey down the winding tracks of American folklore. Souter’s energy and versatility on guitar, banjo, harmonica, dulcimer, fiddle, autoharp, and piano make the landscape rushing by the window even more exciting.
The musical theater travels from the early days of steam locomotives to modern, streamlined diesel engines. In this exciting program, Mick Souter is both the conductor and the engineer, transporting the audience through songs and stories about America’s railroads, while stoking the boiler with some heaping shovelfuls of history, geography, social studies, and, of course, music.
It was the railroads that tamed America: To the detriment of the Native Indians, the profit of the railroad barons, and the conveyance of migrating population. The railroads connected the oceans and opened up a continent for settlement and commerce. The iron horse —the lifeblood of boomtowns, the death knell of the buffalo — steamed, churned, and wailed across the great American wilderness as the harbinger of civilization. The rails transported settlers, soldiers, circus performers, and the stream of progress into a new and untamed frontier, transforming it forever.
In “All Aboard the Iron Horse,” Souter follows the same format of his other highly acclaimed enrichment programs that have been successfully presented in well over 1,000 schools and other venues: “A Visit with Stephen Foster,” “Celebrate West Virginia,” and “The Roads and Rails of Woody Guthrie.”
In all of his programs, Souter combines music, theater, and storytelling, along with an educator’s sense of content and curriculum to provide a program that is both entertaining and educational.
Souter will lead the audience in singing along with songs such as “The Wreck of the Old 97,” “The Wabash Cannonball,” and “The City of New Orleans.”
Souter’s train will make several fascinating stops along the way to view the Civil War, Native Americans, industrialization, “King Coal,” Jimmy Rogers “the singing brakeman,” and more.