J-CAT, the J’s Cultural Arts Theatre of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center/Sanford L. Ziff Campus, is producing an original youth musical that combines the heart and soul of the King of Pop’s music, with the message of love and acceptance. This story, as told and performed by 30 young actors, ages 6-12, at the MAR-JCC, surrounds the lives of a group of young artists who are bullied by some narrow minded kids. In the setting of a Performing Arts Camp for actors, musicians and dancers, the bullies are taken on a visual journey by the students of the camp, of what it means to be a true artist, in hopes of teaching them that being different is what makes a person special.
Written and directed by Ashley Blake Fisher, Coordinator of the J-CAT Summer Stock Program at the MARJCC’s Camp Sol Taplin, this original story was inspired by the music and message of Michael Jackson. Through songs like Jam, Wanna be startin something, Man in the Mirror, and even Thriller, these young actors have tackled the issue of bullying, which has become a prevalent issue in schools and children’s programs across the country. “The message of Michael Jackson’s music goes hand in hand with learning to look at yourself as an individual, in addition to loving and accepting eachother,” mentioned Ashley. “The show incorporates elements of hip hop dance, live on stage music, important quotes, acting, and the powerful lyrics of Michael Jackson,” she added.
The performance will be held for parents and family on Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 and 9 with performances at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on both days.
For more information about J-CAT Summer Stock, classes, and auditions, visit www.jcctheatre.com