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Kuumba Ensemble's 2019 Season
Black History Month Showcase - "ShoeWalking"
Take an unforgettable walk in the shoes of African American who fought against injusticewith grit, grace and no guarantee of survival! Meet the likes of Ida B. Wells Barnett, Daisy Bates, Mary Ellen Pleasant, Frederick Douglass, Mahalia Jackson, Madam C.J. Walker, Thurgood Marshall and more. This is a showcase not to be missed! Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center located at 401 N. Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Tickets -$35. To purchase tickets contact Roz Gaines at 443-413-1470. 2nd Showcase - Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm at the Sollers Point Multipurpose Center located at 323 Sollers Point Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222 - For tickets contact: Sally Nelson 410-925-5917, Christine Carmon 410-206-6447,Mary Branch 410-218-6718, Edie Brooks 443-282-6905, Angie Banks 443-883-7610, or Cynthia Mingo 410-736-0304
Back By Popular Demand: "Sugar Hill"
Two club owners with a debt to settle! Only one will survive the manic cycle of revenge, betrayal, and competition. Join us for an evening of plots, twists and turns in a rhythm and blues showdown featuring musical tributes to Gerald Levert, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Barry White, EnVogue, Alicia Keyes, Angela Winbush and more! You don't want to miss this powerful
musical drama! DATE: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 6:00 pm - LOCATION: Woodlawn High School - 1801 Woodlawn Dr., Baltimore, MD 21207 - Tickets $35 in advance & $40 at the door - For more information contact Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
Back By Popular Demand: "Love Letters to Black Women" - An All Male Cast
Join us for an unpredictable evening of revelation, romance and realtionships! It's every man for himself as he unlocks his heart to share the good, the bad, the sweet, and the remnants of regret that surround relationships! Don't miss this powerful stage play that takes the audience inside the heart of a man! The play is loaded with musical mastery and dramatic interpretation. LOCATION: TBA - Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm - For more information contact Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
Fall & Winter Showcases
THE SEQUEL TO "LOVE LETTERS to BLACK WOMEN"
"Necessary Notes From The Sisters"
Coming to the stage, a powerful sequel to the stage play 'Love Letters to Black Women!' Join us as we delve inside the hearts and minds of women who leave profound notes about their relationships! It's an unforgettable healing experience that features some of Baltimore's finest vocalists, actors and dancers! Consider this stage play a thrilling ride on the pendulum of love! LOCATION: TBA - Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm - For more information contact Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
Premier Debut: "In It - The Biblical Love Story of King Solomon & Queen of Sheba"
Join us for one of the greatest love story ever told! It's a thrilling biblical account of love, conspiracy, envy, spritiual struggle and unexpected vunerabilities! DATE: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 6:00 pm - LOCATION: TBA - Tickets $35 in advance & $40 at the door - For more information contact Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
Kuumba Ensemble's 2020 Showcases
Back By Popular Demand: "I've Got A Right to Shout!"
A multifaceted stage play that gives tribute to the rites of passage of African
American women from the soils of Africa to the riveting journey in America.
This powerful showcase features all genres of dance, spoken word, dramatic
interpretations, soul-stirring narratives, rhythmic songs and powerhouse vocalists.
It's an original production that blends the experiences of sisters in transition!
April, 2020 - Location: TBA - Tickets - $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information, contact Rosalyn Gaines at(443) 413-1470.
Premiere Debut: "Gone Too Soon: The Sam Cooke Story
This dynamic musical drama takes a look at the life of Sam Cooke and the controversy surrounding
his death. Join us as we delve into the journey of America's beloved King of Soul. DATE: June 6 & 13,
2020 - LOCATION & DATE: TBA - Tickets: TBA - For more information contact Rosalyn Gaines at
Premiere Debut: "Backstreet!"
An ambitious fashion designer meets a handsome businessman and falls
in love! That's how the story begins, but when scandal becomes a part of
the plot, lives are shattered. It's a rollercoaster ride full of passion, pain
and unforgettable persecution! Get your tickets quickly for this hot and
thrilling tear-jerker! September, 2020 -Location -TBA - Tickets - $35 in
advance and $40 at the door. For more information, contact Rosalyn Gaines
at (443) 413-1470
Premiere Debut: "Daddy's Home: A Tribute to Yesterday's Balladeers"
Experience the melodious sounds of yesterdays’ balladeers who displayed soul-
stirring showmanship. Join us as we peek in on Slim, a fast-talking businessman
who persuades the elite to invest in an all male vocal throw down at the Fox
Theater in St. Louis, Missouri. Its old money against new money in an entertainment
tug-of-war! Don't miss this original showcase that brings to the stage iconic
balladeers like Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack
& the incredible sounds of Freddie Jackson . November, 2020 - LOCATION:
TBA - Tickets: $35 in advance & $40 at the door - For more information contact Rosalyn Gaines at
Kuumba Ensemble's Future Showcases
"Low Down Dirty Blues" - A Dynamic Juke Joint Experience!
Step inside the popular blues club Catskills for a finger snapping, wall thumping
and floor shaking experience! It's drama at its best! Six vocalists vie for a record
deal. Only one will be crowned the King or Queen of the Blues. The competition
is fierce and sets up a series of unforgivable acts from backroom deals to prohibited
love. Your seats are waiting! Location: 3 City Tour - TBA - For more information
contact Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
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Witness an unparallel and soulful masterpiece of quintessential dancers who
celebrate a rhythmic footwork's tribute to Black Dance in America. "Feetastic"
brings to the stage African, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Swing, Hip-Hop and
Praise Dance with uncompromising artistic flamboyant! This showcase features
some of Baltimore's finest of showmanship. Saturday, February 9, 2019 (5:00 pm)
- Location: Downtown Cultural Arts Center, Baltimore, MD 21202 Tickets: $25.
"The Avenue - A Renaissance of its Own!" (A Tribute to the Royal Theater &
Pennsylvania Ave. in Baltimore, MD)
Join us as we travel back to the hey days of Pennsylvania Avenue during the 1940-60's
and bring back to life the unbelievable sounds of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie
Holiday, Sam Cooke, Cab Calloway, Jackie Wilson, Martha & the Vandellas & more.
Witness the phenomenal footwork of Lindy Hop dancers at the New Albert Hall and
experience the unforgettable comedy of Mom's Mabley and Redd Foxx! This is a show
not to be missed. Through the Kuumba Ensemble's inguenity, you will get to experience
an era that was unequivocally a renaissance of its own! Date & Location: TBA -
Tickets:$35 in advance & $40 at the door. Three ways to purchase tickets in
advance: Buy online at www.kuumbaensemble.org, buy from cast, or get your
tickets directly from Roz Gaines at 443-413-1470.
Premiere Debut: "E'Nuff Said"
Vattale Park's greed, anger and revenge takes him down a path that he might
not be able to return from. He has it all, but it's not enough. Join us for an
evening of scathing secrets, brutal confrontations, love trysts and the pursuit
of reconcilation. October, 2020 - LOCATION: TBA - Tickets: $35 in advance & $40
at the door - For more information contact Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
"Hush, Somebody's Calling Your Name!"
A dynamic gospel musical and dramatic showcase that follows the life of a
young woman struggling to hold on in the midst of spiritual warfare and
temptation. Witness an unforgettable confrontation with Heaven's Angels
and Satan's Imps! Feel the spirit of praise dancers, gospel storytellers, and
hear the melodious voices of anointed gospel singers. It's a showcase not to be
missed! Date & Location: TBA- - Tickets: TBA For more information contact
Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
"The Rumble In My Voice"
An unparalleled tribute to the women who served in the trenches of the
Civil Rights Movement. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the
old south with iconic sheroes like Gloria Richardson, Diane Nash, Unita
Blackwell, Septima Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Daisy Bates,
Coretta Scott King and others. Listen as freedom songs usher them towards
justice! Watch as empowerment dances inspire their courage and join them
as they refuse to turn back in the hurricane of racial divide! This is a showcase
not be missed! Location, Date & Tickets: TBA - For more information contact
Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470
"I Want to be in Heaven Sittin' Down!"
Join us for a peak inside the real life story of a slave woman named Nelly who worked for Charles Carroll,
one of the richest men in the Mid- Atlantic during the slave era. Nelly, frames her courageous and
traumatic journey through the stories that took place on the Carroll plantations. Her pain and joy are interpreted
through song, dance and incredible dramatization! It’s a grab-your-heart showpiece that gives reverence
to our ancestors and their sacrifices that helped build the foundation of our strength as African Americans.
This showcase is an unforgettable summation of perseverance in the midst of horrific oppression.
It also has threads of humor and ingenious slave trickery that will leave the audience in awe.
Date: TBA - Location & Tickets: TBA For more information contact Rosalyn Gaines at 443-413-1470.
The long awaited popular Motown & Avenue DVD's are now available for purchase. DVD's are $25. Please visit our purchase tickets tab on the navigational bar to make your purchase. Your DVD will be mailed to you. Enjoy!