Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns

Artist: Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

Type: Performances / Assembly

Program Availability: In-Person

  • Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble - 3 actors in the play Patchworks


Tin lunch pails, coal carts, mule trains, breaker boys, wash day, heavy boots, playgrounds in the shadow of the coal breaker, life underground and coal dust everywhere…

America’s Industrial Revolution was fueled by coal.  Today, the coal mining patch towns stand in tribute to the men and women, boys, and girls whose strong backs and hearty spirits inspired Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to create Patchworks:  Life and Legends of the Coal Towns, an uplifting collection of stories, songs, and first-person narratives woven together illustrating life in the mine patch and the search for the American Dream.  Hear the thunder of underground explosions and voices emerging from the clatter of the coal breakers.  Come along with us as we mine the rich history of King Coal.

Touring April 20th – May 27th, 2022

Program options:


Price & Info


Assembly Price: $1160

Assembly Two-in-a-Row Price: $1590

Additional Fees: In-Person Program Travel Fee - $95 per day; Virtual Program Technology Fee - $45; (On-Demand programs are not charged travel or tech fees)


Audience Limit: 250

Program Length: 45

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th



American History Month

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

American History


Technical Requirements

Minimum ceiling height of 8 ft. Performers on the same level as the audience. They arrive 45 minutes in advance to set up.