For Schools

The Hula-Hoopin Queen - Field Trip

by Thelma Lynne Godin, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton; ADAPTED BY GLORIA BOND CLUNIE

Most Enjoyed by Grades K-6

Field Trip: Available April/May 2023

Time variable by date.

Location: Herberger Theater Center - Stage West

Price: $12 per person, Field Trip Plus: $15 per student




Kameeka is confident that today she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula-Hoopin' Queen of 139th Street. But then Mama reminds her that today is their neighbor Miz Adeline's birthday, and Kameeka has a ton of chores to do to get ready for the party they are hosting. Kameeka is so preoccupied with thoughts of victory that she accidentally ruins Miz Adeline's birthday cake, and has to confess to her that there won't be a cake for her special day. And Miz Adeline loves chocolate cake. But to Kameeka’s surprise it turns out she also loves something else — hula hooping! 

The Hula-Hoopin' Queen is a charming celebration of family and community ties. Set in Harlem, this intergenerational story shows the importance of staying young at heart.


  • This show is based on a book by Thelma Lynne Godin!
  • NEW! A Childsplay World Premiere!




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Hula-Hoopin Queen

Text copyright © 2014 by Thelma Lynne

Godin Illustrations copyright © 2014

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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