Fall Musical: The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

By: Kirsten Childs

This October, The Union’s Performing Arts program presents its first musical production, Kirsten Childs’ The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.

What's a Black girl from sunny Southern California to do? White people are blowing up Black girls in Birmingham churches. Black people are shouting "Black is beautiful" while straightening their hair and coveting light skin. Viveca Stanton's answer: Slap on a bubbly smile and be as White as you can be! In a humorous and pointed coming-of-age story spanning the sixties through the nineties, Viveca blithely sails through the confusing worlds of racism, sexism, and Broadway showbiz until she's forced to face the devastating effect self-denial has had on her life.

Opening Night: Friday, October 12, 7pm
Running: Thursdays – Sundays through October 28
Showtimes: Thursday – Saturday: 7pm
Sundays: 4pm

***As part of The Union's broad commitment to making the arts accessible to all, regardless of financial means, our theatre productions follow a Radical Hospitality ticketing model. $25 tickets can be reserved in advance at the link above, or in person at The Union during regular hours and before showtime. If this cost is prohibitive, a limited number of cost-free tickets are also available at The Union box office on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the performance.

The Union's Performing Arts program is dedicated to the development of professional theater artists and thought-provoking productions that reflect authentic and diverse narratives about experiences within the African diaspora.

Central to the program is the Performing Arts Collective (PAC), a Black theatre ensemble dedicated to exploring contemporary theatre. The Union is committed to the ensemble members’ creative growth and provides a home for them to develop their craft.


New Voices Youth Program: The youth education wing of the Performing Arts program, dedicated to instilling hope and helping young people see past their circumstances, own their voice, and envision something greater for their future. The New Voices Youth Program extends The Union’s commitment to provide free cultural programs for children living in North Omaha to include theater and performing arts  education.


For questions regarding Performing Arts programming, please contact Denise Chapman, Associate Director of Performing Arts, at denise@u-ca.org