ArtsPower brings ‘Chicken Dance’ to TPAC
Tale follows barnyard fans in pursuit of ‘Elvis Poultry’
WYE MILLS — Nationally touring company ArtsPower brings the family musical comedy “Chicken Dance” to the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m.
ArtsPower’s newest musical portrays the colorful story of Marge and Lola, two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks who seem to have the contest locked up. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?
ArtsPower was founded in 1985 by identical twin brothers Gary and Mark Blackman, who were then jazz musicians and resident artists with a commitment to educating children about jazz music. From their keen interest in bringing high quality music performances to children, ArtsPower was born.
In 1989, ArtsPower produced its ver y first Actors’ Equity musical theatre production, entitled “Four Score and Seven Years Ago,” written by Greg Gunning and Kathleen Huber, with music and lyrics by Broadway composer John Forster. This poignant musical focused on the courage and tenacity of an AfricanAmerican protagonist in his struggle to overcome prejudice and injustice.
“Four Score and Seven Years Ago” not only fostered pride in America and the young hero it portrayed, it put ArtsPower in the national spotlight as a producer of an exceptional piece of theatre for young people and adults.
In 1990, the Blackmans and Artistic Director Greg Gunning set their sights on producing other original works that they believed had relevance to the lives of young people. In addition, their experiences as performers, and now producers, had taught them how well-crafted, compelling art — particularly when experienced at a young age — can make a real difference in people’s lives.
Tickets for the show are $9. For tickets or more information, call the TPAC box office at 410-827-5867. This performance is funded, in part, by Best Western-Kent Narrows.