Asante Children’s Theatre Gets Funky with “The Motown Story”

Motown was a wonderful era in music history for the United States. But many people are largely unaware of the behind the scenes story of most Motown players. Asante Children’s Theatre offers Indianapolis performing arts a glimpse into our musical past with their original musical adaptation of The Motown Story. Working with Indianapolis kids to create a professional performance ensemble, the Asante Children’s Theatre production of The Motown Story takes over the Madame Walker Theatre March 5 through March 14.

Asante Children’s Theatre is excited to present Deborah Asante’s adaptation of musical The Motown Story. The story pays tribute to Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown Records. Gordy is the man behind the music for some of the most celebrated artists of all time including the Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes. He opened the Motown Record Corporation in Detroit, Michigan on April 14, 1960, taking his name from Detriot’s nickname “motor town.”

Since then, Motown Records has become one of the largest recording companies in the United States, with one of the largest number of albums sold across the country. The reason for Motown Records’ wild success is found in the unique sound it created as a theme throughout each of its recording artists. The Motown Sound, characterized by tambourines in a back beat, pronounced and melodic electric bass guitar lines, uncommon chord structures and melodies and a call and response style of singing from gospel music, became instantly recognizable. Fans loved the smooth grooves that Motown offered.

Gordy’s drive, attention to detail and wide spread control of the music his label released made him extremely successful. He crafted an entirely new genre of music, introducing some of the greatest stars ever to the main stream. Learn about his incredible career through the lens of the music he helped to craft in Asante Children’s Theatre’s production of The Motown Story.

Watch as Indianapolis kids bring this story to life and demonstrate new found confidence and performing skills. Discover hidden talents in the youth of Indianapolis at the Madame Walker Theater for the next two weekends. Performance are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 4:00 pm. With the exception of Saturday, March 6, when only one performance will be held at 2:30 pm. Visit the Asante Children’s Theatre website to learn how to get discount tickets for that performance.

Don’t miss this Indianapolis event in the Indianapolis cultural district, Indiana Avenue. Enjoy dinner and a show at any of the great Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars in Indianapolis downtown. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events an Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Make the Circle City your playground. This is Katelyn Coyne saying, “Get out in Indy and find some fun”

The Motown Story
March 5 to 14, 2010

Madame Walker Theatre
617 Indiana Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202