Monday, January 4, 2016

NEW THEATER CELEBRATES MLK WITH MUSICAL COMMUNITY EVENT

The Vanguard Theater Company, a new not-for-profit theater organization serving Essex and Union counties, will host its first community co-production

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A PORTRAIT OF RAY
WHEN: January 16th at 7pm and January 17th at 3pm
WHERE:
South Orange Middle School, 70 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange
TICKETS: $25  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

The production chronicles the story of the legendary Ray Charles. Born in 1930, Charles was known as a soul music visionary. His original sound, which infused Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Country Music aided in the integration of American music as well as American people. A charismatic (though often controversial) musician, songwriter and producer, Ray used his music as an instrument for social change—having a profound influence on the world at large.

The riveting performance is unveiled before our eyes as South Orange’s own Dwayne Clark (Broadway—The Color Purple [presently], Spiderman, In the Heights, Rent, Smokey Joe’s Cafe) embodies Ray's soul and guides the Raelettes—his infamous background singers through a melange of melodies. The music is set to the backdrop of World Class Saxophonist and South Orange resident, Don Braden, as well as 10 other seasoned jazz musicians to round out Ray's impeccable orchestra. The show is being presented through a special community partnership with the MLK Clubs of South Orange/Maplewood Schools.

The MLK Weekend Event will also be host to an Artist Exhibition showcasing the top ten finalists of the Vanguard "Vision of Equality" Art Competition. This competition, open to all High School aged artists in the Greater NJ area, invites artists to submit original pieces on the topic of "Civil Rights." The aim of the exhibition is to showcase varying perspectives on civil rights equality of the past, present and future. Cash Prizes will be awarded to the winners.  For more information visit: vanguardtheater.org