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Embassy Theatre Offers Black Journey

Published as part of the February 13, 2013 edition. Last updated February 19, 2013.

Embassy Theatre Offers Black Journey

Free live stage show set to celebrate Black History Month

FORT WAYNE-The Embassy Theatre is scheduled to offer free live educational performances of American Family Theater's Black Journey, an unforgettable musical that celebrates heritage and tradition through the African-American experience. Performed with joy, dignity and respect, Black Journey connects the past with today's expectations and tomorrow's goals. The free performance for schoolchildren in grades two through six is scheduled to take place at the Embassy Theatre at 10 a.m., Feb. 20. A second show will be performed on 7 p.m., Feb. 20 and also is a free event for the community.

Black Journey is the remarkable voyage of a people from the villages of Africa to modern-day America. The production visits more than 200 years of the African American heritage, reflecting courage and creativity that have fl ourished in spite of bigotry and prejudice. The musical celebrates African American influence and contributions in the fields of science and industry, education and literature, performing and visual arts and government and community service.

With respect and appreciation for the people it celebrates, Black Journey begins its portrait with traditional African chants and progresses to gospel music. The voyage continues a path through jazz, blues, rag, swing, rock-n-roll and rap, each step a powerful and everevolving art form that will forever echo the African-American experience. From the personal insights of a broad range of characters, Black Journey defines a nation in flux. Music from each era connects the years in a bold and unique tapestry of communication that defines every period.

Educating kids and the community about the African American experience, the 10 a.m., Feb. 20 show is presented as a school field trip and is a component of the Embassy's Learn It Live educational series.

More information is available at www.fwembassytheatre.org/education.htm.

Reservations for the 10 a.m., Feb. 20 school performance are available by calling the Embassy Theatre box office at (260) 424- 6287. One chaperone for every 12 students must attend. Reservations must include school name and phone number, number of students, chaperones, a contact person and special seating requirements. Also, please include method of transportation and number of vehicles and/ or buses with each reservation.

Free tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are available at the Embassy Theatre box office and Ticketmaster. For groups of 10 or more, call (260) 424-5665 for reservations.

Built in 1928, the historic Embassy Theatre features national productions from the Broadway stage, concerts of all musical formats, cinema, educational programming and a continued commitment to young people. For more information, visit www.fwembassytheatre.org.

Made possible with the support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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