2019-2020 Season List
(One Night Only) OCTOBER 26
ArtsCentric opens its 2019 season with its highest-selling original work, Snapshots. A story told entirely through dance follows the life of Damon, a kid obsessed with photography, and his tragic death at the hands of law enforcement. This senseless killing sparks a revolution in a community that had long forgotten the power of its own voice and rallies a change in everyone that they never knew possible. From ballet, jazz, hip hop, to step, tap and liturgical, this emotionally gripping piece has left audiences speechless. Only 4 performances, so don’t miss your chance to see it.
Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Book by William F. Brown
December 6-January 12
The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a joyous modern retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story reflecting contemporary African-American culture. After Dorothy gets swept up in a tornado, she finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz. There, she makes new friends, battles evil witches, and seeks the aid of the all-powerful and mysterious Wiz. Ultimately, Dorothy finds that, if you believe with all your heart, you can always find your way home. With an infectious soul score by Charles Smalls and book by William F. Brown, dynamic numbers, and endearing cast of characters, The Wiz is a joyous explosion of music, dance, magic, and heart to delight audience members of all ages.
Book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
February 14-March 1
In a 21st century America where the voices of the outcasts are still crying to be heard, Hair, a musical written over 50 years ago still resounds with the climate of American society today.
Hair tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius" living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents to serve in Vietnam, compromising his principles and risking his life.
WE ARE PROUD
March 27-April 5
A season highlight, ArtsCentric will present a powerful play by African American Female playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury. Six black and white American actors attempt to make their own play about the imperial German genocide of the Herero people of South West Africa in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century. We Are Proud....is a hilariously tragic story that forces the audience to examine the stereotypes we all see in other races and, at times, even in our own cultures. For One weekend only!