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The Adrienne Arsht Center’s new Learning Through the Arts program, a partnership with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, exposes Miami-Dade County students to live high-quality, age-appropriate professional productions of music, theater, and dance, supplemented by curriculum materials and lesson plans—at no cost to them or their schools. This new initiative kicks off this month by bringing more than 26,000 fifth graders to the Adrienne Arsht Center to experience a live musical. For many of them, it will be their first time going to the theater to see a live show.
Running from April 27 – May 8, 2010 in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, Rock Odyssey is being created by a team of award-winning theater professionals. Educational entertainment pioneer Douglas Love, who is directing the production, is the idea man behind this musical theater piece. He enlisted Emmy Award-winning songwriter/composer Billy Straus and Kleban Award-winning book writer Stephen Cole, to create a new musical, charting the mythical 16-year-journey chronicled in Homer’s The Odyssey. The result is a dynamic rock musical, tailor-made for young people, featuring a tremendous stage set, dramatic puppetry, and inspired musical ballads.
Mounting a show of this magnitude requires experienced theater professionals and designers to take the work from page to stage. The creative team producing the work is a dynamic mix of artists from around the country as well as local theater professionals. Miami-based costume designer Ellis Tillman’s costume sketches and work samples give us a preview of how he will transform the actors into Greek heroes on a set designed by New York-based Laura Brock. And the cast is entirely local.
Audiences will step back in time when they step into the Knight Concert Hall and experience the theater magic conjured up by this award-winning team.
Learning Through the Arts is made possible by the support of Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, as well as the private support of Funding Arts Network.
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