February 12- March 1
There is no better way to celebrate Black History Month than with a musical history of the African American people from before the beginning of time through Obama. Native Detroiter Rod Gailes OBC and the Y ARTS department of the metro Detroit YMCA will present “COLORS: Dream of the MASTA” weekends during Black History Month, February 12- March 1, 2009 at the Boll Theatre. “Colors” is a live musical theater experience in the spirit of “Hair” and “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk”. It uses pop, rock, gospel, spoken word, dance, and contemporary art song to explore America’s journey, and conforms to this year’s Black History theme: “The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas”.
Written and Directed by filmmaker Rod Gailes OBC, in collaboration with U of M alum and Operatic Baritone, Darnell Ishmel, this one of a kind show is performed by 20 Detroit singers, dancers and musicians. Included in this talented group of professionals are the Ishmel Sisters, three children who are rapidly becoming one of the most remarkable and sought after youth talents of our time. Jarinn’e is eleven years old, Ja’shanna is nine, and Ja’nel is eight. Having only begun singing in April 2007, The Ishmel Sisters with their uncle Darnell, reflect the best of the American performance tradition. Their glorious voices make this show an unforgettable experience.
University of Michigan Professor Emeritus George I. Shirley has called COLORS a “compelling amalgam of music, dance, and the spoken word pierces like a laser into the consciousness of the spectator, making an indelible imprint impossible to ignore”.
An emerging figure on the NY film scene, Rod Gailes OBC is a University of Michigan graduate and alumnus of the prestigious NYU graduate film program. There he studied under filmmakers, Raoul Peck and Spike Lee before directing the award winning classic, “Twin Cousins.” A Regional Student Academy Award Finalist, winner of the HBO Short Film Competition, and best short film in New York’s Urbanworld Film Festival, the film went on to further acclaim, winning the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival and staging its European premiere at the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Showcase in Cannes. Broadcast as part of Season of “BET J’s the Best Shorts”, fellow NYU alum, Spike Lee, calls the film, “A beautifully photographed, masterfully directed portrait of childhood.”
“Colors” special engagement runs from February 13th through March 1st, with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8PM. There are special family matinee performances on Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays, at 4PM. Tickets are $20.00 with Group rates available. Tickets and show times are available online through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/52256 or by phone at 800.838.3006. For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org .or call Y Arts at 313-223-2751.
The Marlene Boll Theater is located at 1401 Broadway – Detroit, MI between Grand River and John R. inside the Downtown Boll Family YMCA. We are directly adjacent to the Detroit People Mover Broadway Station. Proceeds to benefit Y-ARTS and The C.H.A.N.G.E. Foundation