The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has opened their season with FLY. The production by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan is running right now through October 5, 2013. This is the story of the heroic and heartwarming tale of Tuskegee Airmen of World II. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military pilots. These men performed their duty to country valiantly in the extraordinary times against phenomenal odds.
Fly explores the feelings of hope, fear and triumphs that these brave man experienced. The play uses both live action and video projections to express what was going on in their lives, and in their minds. The narration of this moment in history is artistically expressed through the emotionally movements of a tap dancer in a chronicle called Tap Griot. This role choreographed emotionally expresses the intense emotions that the Tuskegee pilots are force to suppress. They were fighting two wars one against discrimination and racism and the other against a foreign enemy.
Entertainer Omar Edwards performs the part of the spirit and soul of the Tuskegee Pilots. Omar has been featured on Star Search, and Broadway Productions of Bring in Da Noise, da Funk and Black and Blue. The cast also features Greg Brostrom as Capt. O'Hurley, Eddie R. Brown III as W.W., Will Cobbs as Oscar, Cary Donaldson as Bomber Pilot Reynolds/Instructor/Col. Snopes, David Pegram as Chet Simpkins, Timothy Sekk as Bomber Co-Pilot Shaw/Staff Sargeant/Barman and Terrell Donnell Sledge as J. Allen.
All actors in this performance are of high caliber and did a remarkable job of displaying what America was going through at the time of World War II. We were defeating a evil abroad and promoting freedom worldwide. However, we were still learning an important message about freedom, pride, and courage here at home. Theater goers expect to feel a full range of emotions including joy, hope, laughter, as well as sadness, grief, and pride. This is a great show and one to experience with your entire family it will be memorable and entertaining.
Tickets to this performance range in price from $30-$75 depending on date and time of the show. More information can be obtained at www.cincyplay.com or by calling the Cincinnati Playhouse box office at #513-421-3888.