GDW EVENT ALERT EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘Heritage’ Showcase Debuts Friday, March 3rd @ Emlen

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

This is one of those must attend events that is being put on by Playwright/Producer/Activist/Sister/Friend Lisa Hopkins of Kama Sahlor productions.  Lisa specializes in bringing out the brightest and best talents and creativity in our youth  and this should be no different.

So I'm making a special post on my Blog, ECLECTICALLY BLACK NEWS, just for this event.

The Kama-Sahlor Group for Cultural Performing Arts
Eleanor C. Emlen Elementary School
6501 Chew Avenue                                                    
                                   Phila, Pa 19119

‘Heritage’ Showcase Debuts 
Friday, March 3rd @ Emlen

The Kama -Sahlor Group for Cultural Performing Arts is a haven for children who have been given the opportunity to freely express themselves through a performing arts platform.  
Friday’s March 3, 2017 performance will feature children from K to 10th grades from Eleanor C. Emlen and other northwest regional schools.  

The audience will be engaged in multicultural disciplines of dance, African folksongs and dramatic arts  stemming from traditional African Rites of Passage ‘Sinte” Dance at its best, along with a modern Kukere style, Caribbean dance by choreographer Jortae Charles formerly from New Freedom Theater along with  explosive acrobatic stunts.

The children have been trained in African history and culture, African folk music, dramatic arts, public speaking and African and hip/hop dances since October 2016 and are elated to showcase their talents.  

As the month of March recognizes ‘Women in History’, there will be a presentation devoted to the women who have contributed to our history such as:  Queen Hatsheput of Egypt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges and Maya Angelou in the mini-play, ‘Heritage’ written and directed by Lisa Y. Hopkins, Founder of the Kama- Sahlor Group.

A presentation will highlight the song ‘Glory’ from the civil rights film, ‘Selma’ originally performed by John Legend and rap artist Common. This song depicts our iconic leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. during his fight for voter civil  rights and Nasser Ragin an 8th grade rapper from Amy Northwest Middle School and Jaron Elijah Hopkins, an 8th  grade singer from John Story Jenks Academy of Arts and Sciences will both perform  the song as special guests duet.

Kama- Sahlor offered an internship to Parvati Thomas, a 12th grader from Mathematics Civics and Science Charter School for her 8 years of training  experience in African dance, and her professional performances in Kama- Sahlor’s past productions at  the Independent Seaport Museum and at a Juneteenth Festival  held at the Johnson House Historic Site. We also were selected to mentor Syniah Jones, a 10th grade student of Mastery Charter School  from Gratz’s campus who will perform  a solo dance part and portray Maya Angelo in the ‘Heritage’ skit.

The production will debut on Friday, March 3, 2017 for two shows at 1:45pm and 6:00pm at Eleanor C. Emlen Elementary School located at 6501 Chew Avenue in Mt. Airy. Funding was provided by the Philadelphia Activity Fund through Councilwoman Cindy Bass.

Tickets are available for the 6:00pm $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Kama-Sahlor Group at 215 844-6098 or at lisayhop@msn.com.

Take your children - a great way for the entire family to spend the evening and share in the fun.


Stay Blessed &


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