WHO IS IN THE SHOW?
The Turtle Tales stage play is performed by community players under the direction of arts incubators at the Attucks Theatre. ACT Dance Theatre is featured along with students of String Presence Academy (directed by Megan Jenifer). Clyde Santana, leader of the Attucks Writers Workshop, coached cast members over the course of rehearsals.
IS THIS A PUBLIC EVENT?
Yes, this a FREE FAMILY event on Monday, December 26, 2016 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm with a cast, set, and characters onstage ready to edutain the masses with a humorous play. Concessions, raffles and the marketplace are available in lobby before and after the show. If you would like to be a vendor, complete this vendor form online. To become a sponsor, complete this sponsorship form online.
WHAT KIND OF SHOW?
FREE FAMILY FUN
This stage play about two different "ijapa" or turtle folktales is in the main theatre of the Attucks. A musician provides lobby entertainment, set and lighting effects wow the crowd, and the celebration of Kwanzaa is expressed by community players.
TURTLE TALES AT NAUTICUS
FEBRUARY 2017 PRODUCTION
As part of its Black History Month programming, Nauticus brings ACT Dance Theatre to its Nauticus Theatre for a production of Turtle Tales on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Cast members perform an updated version of the stage play with even more hilarious surprises for the audience. The prep and training for characterization and staging is as exciting as the play itself.
DECEMBER 2016 PRODUCTION
THANK YOU to our generous sponsors!
City of Norfolk, Norfolk Public Library Multicultural Committee, Kelly's Choice, Kuumba Dance Company, Young Audiences of VA, Norfolk Coffee & Tea Co., Cafe Stella, Kurt Patterson & Family (of Hampton, VA), Howard Atkinson (of Hampton, VA), Debbie Ott of Wood's Orchard Farm Market (in Hampton, VA)
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JOIN THE PARTY
Atumpan hosts a FALL DANCE WORKSHOP where guest artist Patricia Hall of Kuumba Dance Company teaches technique for a dance to be included in the Turtle Tales Kwanzaa stage play. The workshop is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so join us.
PREVIEW THE SHOW
Atumpan offers three opportunities for FREE FAMILY FUN before the actual FREE performance on Saturday, December 26, 2016 at the Attucks Theatre.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 Pretlow Library in Norfolk, VA 3:00 - 3:30pm See a sample of the show!
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach, VA 7:00-8:00 pm See some of the show and meet the cast!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, VA 6:30pm-8:30pm See the show, enjoy a complimentary reception and give feedback! RSVP ONLY
IN THE NEWS
Atumpan visited WCTV for "A Closer Look" interview to discuss Kwanzaa and the Turtle Tales show that will be on stage at the Attucks Theatre on December 26, 2016 for the public to enjoy complimentary of the Norfolk Public Library's Multicultural Committee.
BEHIND THE SCENES
WCTV filmed an episode of Kids Korner with a focus on Kwanzaa Celebration. Cast members Imani Colbert, Edilen Obamos, Sidney Brown III, Saada Brown, and Wesley Brown capture the principles and essence of Kwanzaa through storytelling.
Attucks Theatre artists collaborate to make the Turtle Tales Kwanzaa one of the best stage plays yet. Clyde Santana leads the Attucks Writers Workshop, an award winning group, and Megan Jenifer is a violinist and owner of String Presence Academy who provides individual lessons at the Attucks Theatre. Their talented contributions to Turtle Tales showcase the Attucks artists at their best.
Attucks Arts Incubators collaborated to put on a Kwanzaa Celebration as a stage play. Written by founders of Atumpan Edutainment Corey the Talented Blind Guy and directed by LaQuita Marie, the cast of community players includes all ages (4-60+ years old). Megan Jenifer, owner of String Presence Academy, adds to the musical score with several genres of music on violin. Clyde Santana, leader of the Attucks Writers Workshop, coached cast members through theatre exercises, adding to the stage presence of performers. The FREE production on Monday, December 26, 2016 at 6:00pm is complimentary of the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Public Library Multicultural Committee. The family friendly event boasts a marketplace in the theatre lobby starting at 5:00 pm.
Showtime is always exciting and the lobby atmosphere heightens that experience. Patrons of the Turtle Tales Kwanzaa Celebration were greeted at the Attucks Theatre with the jazzy sounds of saxophonist Talton Manning. The lobby marketplace boasted concessions and Audiobook Packages by the event coordinator Atumpan Edutainment as well as African Effects by Dr. Jeter Giles, Avon by Rae, Kelly's Choice Caregivers Community, Nancy's Famous Sauce & Gifts by Nancy Williams, and Total Life Changes by Patrise Bullock. Following the Turtle Tales stage play, the cast enthusiastically greeted theatre goers.