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A Musical Journey with the Tuskegee Airmen

Join the Rainbow Puppets on a journey with the Tuskegee Airmen.  Follow the dreams of a young boy as he wants to help others by flying in the sky... eventually his dreams come true as he follow a path set by Harriet Tubman, flier Bessie Coleman, educator Booker T. Washington, and runner Jesse Owens.  In the end, he creates a path of his own that leads to success for others.


This program was commissioned by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and had its premiere there on February 6, 2014.  It is now available to visit your group.


Note that there are two versions of this program available...  a shorter 25 minute version suitable for pre-schoolers and older and perfect for presentation in museums.  A longer version is available for school programs and for audiences first grade through fifth.

Press coverage:  "Follow Me" Celebrates the Tuskegee Airmen

Scenic and Promotional Art by Jason Wiedel

Puppets by Jill Harrington with Frank Lakus and Laura Huff

Costumes by Regina Smith

Musical arrangements and sound engineering by Steve Scheffler


Originally produced for the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Premiered February 6, 2014


Puppeteers at premiere:  James Cooper, David Messick, Michael Singleton and Jason Wiedel


Vocal Talent (in order of appearance)

  • Kwame Rakes / Jack (20’s), Duck, Obama
  • Deborah Pass / Miss Grimes
  • Nicholas Rakes / Jack (10)
  • Jaia Cooper / Jill
  • Miles Barnes / Alfred
  • Michael LeMelle / Booker T., Chief Anderson
  • James Cooper / Announcer, Mike, Clyde
  • Jennifer Kelly-Cooper / Bessie Coleman
  • Steve Scheffler / Secret Service Agent
  • Tony Gabriele / Pig, Col. Watkins, John
  • David Messick /  Mark 
  • Michael Singleton / Col Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Astronaut
  • and
  • Monica Barnes and Michelle Gilliam and Rashe’ Hines




Special thanks to


Diane Kidd, Early Childhood Manager  National Air and Space Museum

Mychalene Giampaoli, Education Specialist, Family Programs National Air and Space Museum

Dr. Cathleen Lewis, Curator, Division of Space History National Air and Space Museum

Alfred D. Lott, a flying student of Chief Charles Anderson





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