Shadow Ball

  • Shadow Ball by Rochel Garner Coleman | Young Audiences New Jersey


Shadow Ball pays homage to the men who played in Negro League baseball and paints a picture of America’s suffering during the Great Depression. Rochel Garner Coleman plays Cool Papa Bell, one of the League’s most famous players. A sterling fielder and an outstanding batter (regularly averaging over .400), Bell was legendary for his uncanny speed. Satchel Paige often regaled audiences with the story that when he and Bell roomed together, Bell was so fast that he could turn out the light and be in bed before the room got dark. Off the field though, an entirely different story emerged as black players encountered second-class status and mass economic hardship.

Program options:


Please fill out this inquiry form or call 866-500-9265 for more information. (Virtual programs are not charged a travel fee.)

Price & Info


Assembly Price: $1,150

Assembly Two-in-a-Row Price: $1,740

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: 300

Program Length: 45 min.

Appropriate For Grade(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th



Arts Appreciation Month

Black History Month

National Arts & Humanities Month

Reading/Poetry Month

Curriculum Connections

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Social Studies

Visual & Performing Arts


Technical Requirements

Artist arrives 60 minutes in advance to set up, sound system that can accomodate a microphone, glass of water, stool or chair; desk without chair or small table