Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #15

Contents

JACK’S WORLD – A SPRING TRADITION RETURNS

SHAKESPEARE IN COLOR AS GUEVARA TAKES A LEAD

DONAL FOX PAYS TRIBUTE TO TENOR WILLIAM BROWN

STORIES TO WAKE UP THE EARTH

IT’S A WRAP – BOSTON’S URBAN MUSIC AWARDS

COME REVISIT HARLEM IN ITS GOLDEN AGE

SISTERS IN LAW – A MUST SEE

QUALITY INDEPENDENT FILMS THRU TCOF

THE FIRST WEEKEND CLUB – NOW IN BOSTON

UPCOMING EVENTS

PLAYWRITING CONTEST


JACK’S WORLD – A SPRING TRADITION RETURNS

by Kay Bourne

(Monet A. Ledbetter-Glaude)

 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #15 a1abd5b985225aa1ef3e2f70a48e2172.107.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #15The oldest of four children, “Jack” concludes that his parents don’t appreciate him. MONET A.LEDBETTER-GLAUDE says her original, children’s musical “JACK’sWORLD” is a story of busy, hard-working parents so caught up inproviding for their family, they fail to see their elementary-school aged son feels neglected. Now in its eighth year as anannual production, “Jack’s World” has a cast of 24.

Performances are May 11-13 at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester. There are threematinees: Thursday and Friday at 10 am and Saturday at 2 pm; with 7 pm shows on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. For more information, phone Inet Entertainment at 617-296-3282.

“His mom’s a nurse; his dad runs his own retailbusiness; and they have four kids,” describesLedbetter-Glaude. “Jack, the oldest, feels they’realways fussing at him. When he’s blasted at dinnerfor a little food fight, Jack figures it’s time togo. When the frantic family search high and low forthe runaway, and he sees their relief at findinghim. Jack finds out that his family does care abouthim.”

Ledbetter-Glaude, a graduate of Berklee Conservatoryof Music and herself a mother of two, says herstory’s lesson is that “for adults, it’s importantthat kids know that working parents do care, and,for kids, it’s important that they don’t keep theirfears inside but talk to their parents about howthey’re feeling.” Ledbetter-Glaude’s son ChristoffJamal Glaude plays the Jack in rotation with KevinWeeks. “My son’s been in the show since he was tenmonths old,” said Ledbetter-Glaude, “but I thinkthis will be his last year as Jack because he’sgrown so tall.” Both the young actors are nine yearsold.

A number of the scenes take place in church.Ledbetter-Glaude, who was named Best Female Producerat the recent New England Urban Music Awards, showsoff her skills with gospel music here. WANDA PERRYJOSEPHS, formerly a singer with Margo Thunder, leadsa gospel choir in this production. (Josephs has a CD of gospel musicdue out this June; Ledbetter-Glaude produced five ofthe cuts.)

Ledbetter-Glaude’s “Jack’s World” is an importantstory to tell and one she tells lovingly. She saysshe takes the lesson to adults to heart herself, “weneed to take time to spend with our kids. It hauntsme to make sure I’m balancing my time.”

visit JACK’S WORLD website to purchase tickets


SHAKESPEARE IN COLOR AS GUEVARA TAKES A LEAD

by Kay Bourne

2d26c71ce80c844c032b8d9d98e1ec4b.58.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #15ZABRYNA GUEVARA finds that because she is anactress of color there’s even more of a story shetells in “LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST.” Featured in theHuntington Theatre’s upcoming production ofShakespeare’s comedy, Guevara describes her role asone of the romantic leads as “not just a maid fromFrance, but a brown maid from France.”

The story, set by director Nicholas Martin in 1910pre-World War I Europe, focuses on the King ofNavarre who, along with his three young lords, takesa three-year oath of chastity. They vow not to see orvisit women in order to concentrate on theiracademic studies. These oaths are tested almostimmediately by the unexpected visit of the Princessof France and her beautiful ladies-in-waiting.

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