The young students at African American Children’s Theatre (AACT) are learning to Grapevine and Hustle on their trip into the past as they rehearse “Flashback to Motown” for a Black History Month presentation on February 27. The Sondheim Room at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center is alive with the sounds of the 1960s, 70s and 80s as they become familiar with moves made famous by groups like the Temptations and Pips.
Director Jason Hames and choreographer Martin Gregory work with the 10 to 16 year olds to capture the mood of performers like Michael Jackson, Sister Sledge, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye. The message in the music, along with the costumes and dance moves of that time, present positive alternatives for youth compared with contemporary music videos and is something that parents can appreciate.
“We chose one of the most memorable eras in American cultural history for our Black History focus this year, and decided to develop something upbeat that all audiences can enjoy,” said Constance Clark, executive/ artistic director. “Our new generation of kids at AACT are having a great time learning about legendary performers like Stevie Wonder, Patti La- Belle, and Ray Charles. Even I can dance to it!”
Audiences are invited to groove to timeless R&B and Soul classics when “Flashback to Motown” is performed Saturday, February 27, at 2:00 pm at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 West Walnut St. Advance tickets for all seats are $10 and are available at Legacy Bank, 2102 W. Fond du Lac, or by calling AACT at 414-461-5771. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
The program is also available for limited touring to other sites. Call Constance Clark at 414-461-5771. AACT is supported by Wisconsin Arts Board, CAMPAC, UPAF, Jack & Lucy Rosenberg Charitable Funds, and local business and individual donors. For more information on the company visit www.aact.us.