The world-premiere production of Once Upon A People: A Dancesical comes to the Black Ensemble Theater this month. Made possible through a generous grant from Chicago Community Trust, the original African fairytale illustrates the power of love told through spoken word, music and dance.
With direction, book and lyrics by the company’s associate director Rueben D. Echoles, the play features vocal and musical arrangements by Alexis J. Rogers, Kelvin Roston, Jr. (who also serves as musical director) and Echoles. The production also includes the work of band leader Robert Reddrick and student dancers from Studio One.
Alexis J. Rogers, Donald Craig Manuel, Eric Lewis, Jazzelle Morriss, and Claudia Cunningham are showcased in the cast along with Camille Robinson, A’rese Emokpae, Trequon Tate, Mark J.P. Hood, LaRaia Gribble, La Dreauna Johnson, Kudzaishe Jeti, Kyle Smith and Aramie C. Payton.
Once Upon A People: A Dancesical runs from November 30 to December 30, 2013 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays (with an added preview performance on Saturday, November 30) at Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center on 4450 N. Clark Street.
Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children under 12. To order, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 773-769-4451