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Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman ~ Phoenix
January 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am MST
Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman
Central High School Black Students’ Union presents
Desert Dance Theatre’s SISTER MOSES: THE STORY OF HARRIET TUBMAN
Central High School Auditorium, 4525 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Dates & Times:
- Thursday, January 31, 2019 ~ School Shows 9 am & 10:30 am
- Friday, February 1, 2019 ~ School Show 10 am or Evening Show 7 pm
- School Matinees ~ Students $5.00, 2 Teachers FREE per 25 Students, Additional Adults $5.00
- Evening Show ~ $5.00 General Admission
Reservations & Tickets:
- School Matinees ~ Download and fill out reservation form and send PAYMENT (Checks/Money Order) or PURCHASE ORDERS to: Central HS Black Students’ Union, Central High School / Bookstore, 4525 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 ~ SM Reservation Form 2018 Central HS
- Evening Show ~ $5 (on show night at the door or buy in advance at CHS Bookstore
- Buy Tickets Online: https://sistermosesphx2018.eventbrite.com (plus service fee) Reservations & Tickets: Contact Sherrilyn Parham at 602-764-7500 (X47746) or gro.noinUxineohPnull@mahrap
Event Info: Contact Desert Dance Theatre, 480-962-4584 or go to: http://desertdancetheatre.org/sister-moses/.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1948609005193358/
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Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman
Central High School Black Students’ Union presents Desert Dance Theatre’s “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman,” an inspirational story that highlights the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman and her work on the Underground Railroad. This production tells the story about this significant era in American History through music, dance and drama with a cast of over 60 performers.
Central High School Black Students’ Union is offering three school field-trip opportunities on Thursday, January 31st (9:00am & 10:30am) and Friday, February 1st (10:00am); and one evening public performance on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:00pm at Central High School Auditorium, 4525 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012.
The cast will be made up of Desert Dance Theatre’s professional cast of dancers, singers, string musicians, percussionist and narrator, plus student dance and music performers from Central High School and neighboring elementary schools as well as community talent of all ages. The student and community performers will have participated in residency sessions facilitated by Desert Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Lisa R. Chow in a series of rehearsals to incorporate them into the production in various roles throughout the show. The school matinee performances are approximately 45 minutes in length and by reservation only.
The evening show on Friday, February 1, 2019 begins at 7:00pm, opening the first half with Desert Dance Theatre repertory, including a tribute to Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around,” and “We’re On The Move” (excerpt from Desert Dance Theatre’s “FREE AT LAST”), a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will also be a selection of performances by the high school performers, celebrating “Community Through Unity” and Black History Month.
After intermission, Desert Dance Theatre presents its featured performance of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for the show’s 27th season. This production is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated woman of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. Our goal in producing this program is to bring light to the incredible accomplishments of the anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman.
The school field-trip performances of Sister Moses are open to all schools throughout the Phoenix area schools and other surrounding areas. Admission to the school matinees is $5, and must be arranged by prepaid reservations only. Downloadable reservation forms are available at http://desertdancetheatre.org/sister-moses/ or contact Sherrilyn Parham at 602-764-7500 (X47746) or gro.noinUxineohPnull@mahrap. Students attending will experience the Story of Harriet Tubman, and watching American History come to life through music, dance, and dramatic narration.
This powerful music / dance / drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration / voice of Harriet by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by the Sister Moses String Quartet and traditional spirituals sung by the Sister Moses Choral Ensemble, featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life, and shares the knowledge and experience of her struggles and accomplishments that will bring a source of inspiration to our audience.
The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.
Bringing history to life through music, dance and drama, Sister Moses promises to be entertaining, educational and truly inspirational!
The Sister Moses Residency and Performances is supported by the Central High School Black Students’ Union and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private contributors.
Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues.
Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama!
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