From The Boat To Obama & Beyond (Wednesday)

Wednesday, October 11 at 10:00 am


Students will watch as forcibly displaced Africans evolve into African Americans through skits, poetry, songs and dance. The production celebrates the achievements of African Americans throughout the world and entertainingly educates a diverse generation about the contributions of African Americans in the United States and abroad.

What is “From the Boat to Obama?” The production is a shining example of musical ethnic theater, complete with amazing dance numbers, period wardrobe, eminently remarkable songs, plus touching poetry, oracle presentations, etc. The Musical highlights notable, historic moments in the African-American experience. The play brings to life the richness of Africa’s cultures transplanted in other countries and America. The production captures enslavement and removal of Africans from their native home land via the Atlantic passage. From there the audience is taken on a journey over the gulfs of time from the 18th century to the modern day world as we know it. This production moves in a historical wave. Starting from the burning of the Black Wall Street, slaves shipped to Spain and Jamaica, reconstruction, inventions and creations, the Sixteen Street Church experience, and ending with the accomplishments of President Barack Obama.

The objective of “From the Boat to Obama” is to help all students increase their comprehension of history, diversity, and appreciation of and respect of all cultural differences. We believe in the power of art to transform lives of young people. We believe the benefits of the musical and theatrical arts disciplines can provide: diversity awareness, promote self-esteem, positive cultural appreciation, and expose students to the educational benefits of the integrated arts.

Our mission is to bridge the educational gap for children who are not adequately exposed to the arts in conjunction with teaching expressive dance, which enables our youth to develop their creativity, awareness and self-esteem through knowledge and accomplishments in the performing arts.

As a growing organization, we envision achieving the following programming objectives as we develop new, diverse theatrical projects:

Build self-confidence; teach children how to focus while maintaining self-control and discipline.

Clarify the misconceptions pertaining to the arts due to lack of exposure and information.

Create positive and meaningful relationships within the community.

Present non-traditional theater that showcases the vibrant diversity of the Greater Hartford community.

Encourage family involvement and new audience participation by providing Quality Theater that is culturally diverse.

Assist schools in meeting statutory obligation to teach about diverse culture and historical experiences.

For more information please call 860-888-6597 between 11:00am and 4:00pm or send an email to:  [email protected] ” Ask how you may obtain seats for your school and receive $1000.00 to support your school should your bring the highest number of students to this production.  Thanks to the Christie Law Firm for making this happen.

Show Date/ Time:
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 10:00 am
Doors at 9:30 am

Ticket Prices:
School Groups must contact; Mary Taylor - [email protected]

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)

Online Tickets Not Available

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