South Dallas Cultural Center Celebrates Black History


3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave Dallas, Texas 75210

The curtains to the Soul Children's Theatre are now open.

The South Dallas Cultural Center celebrates Black History Month with a wonderful artistic lineup that will feature its latest residential partner - The Soul Children’s Theater.  The SCT is a production company that targets the talents of young actors in the DFW area. The mission is to provide high-quality family theatre and innovative, educational programming that will create an appreciation and reconnection to the African Diaspora. 

The Soul Children’s Theater will kick off its Inaugural season with a highly poetic play that captures the scope of black history from Africa to America.  Its entitled “Don’t You Want To Be Free?” by Langston Hughes.  It premieres Thursday, February 5th - 7th @ 7:30 pm and February 8th @ 3:00pm at the South Dallas Cultural Center, located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. The admission prices are $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizen.  This production is recommended for students ages 13 and above with adult supervision due to some mature subject matter and strong language.

The “SCT’s" inaugural, season is entitled “First Flight” which will include “The Children’s Hour” a play festival. The Children’s Hour will present six 10-minute plays written by young thespians from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. 

“The need for a theater exclusively devoted to producing high-quality family theatrical entertainment and innovative education programs about the African Diaspora is a great one” said the director, H. J. Steward. He hopes that the theatre production company will fill a void in the Dallas theater community.  

The SCT also offers educational programs such as, Theatre Builds Literacy, ACT I: A Childs 1st Theatre Class for children ages 3-6 and an after school program that utilizes the theater discipline to enhance the writing, reading and oratory skills for children ages 7 to 18.  

All performances and programs will be held at the South Dallas Cultural Center in the newly renovated black box theater. For more information about the Soul Children’s Theater call 214-671-0058.

The South Dallas Cultural Center is a program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Don’t You Want To Be Free?
by Langston Hughes
Produced by
Soul Children’s Theatre and The South Dallas Cultural Center
Directed by H. J. Steward Music Director, Monya Logan

Don’t You Want to Be Free is an impressionistic play that uses Langston’s lyrical and rhythmic poetry and black music to capture the scope of black history from Africa to America.  A highly poetic play in which Langston included twelve of his poems to illustrate the plight of the worker and the working class as well as how they fought to obtain and sustain their freedom. Don’t You Want to Be Free was the first performed in the Suitcase Theatre, a peoples' theatre created by Hughes which composed of amateur actors. In that same light, Soul Children’s Theatre has cast mostly amateur actors for its production. A diverse ensemble of students, young adults and recent theater converts help bring this production to life.
2/5-2/7 @ 7:30 pm and 2/8, @ 3:00pm  $10 for Adults  $7 for Students and seniors.
Recommended For Ages 13 And Above. Contains Mature Subject Matter And Strong Language

3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave Dallas, Texas 75210

Saturday, January 31  4pm-7pm * Free
Closing reception for the Arthello Beck Gallery Series Our Passion, Our Collections: this exhibit features selected works from private collections. It was curated by local collector/art dealer Anthony Hopkins, former owner of Thomas & Hall Gallery. Patrons will have the opportunity to talk with collector and curator Anthony Hopkins. Its absolutely free

 Saturday, February 7- March 28 2009  4 pm *  Free
Cloth Conversations: The Quilts of Carolyn Mazloom: Internationally acclaimed quilter Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi will exhibit more than 20 of her exquisite quilts as a part of Quiltmania, a citywide collaborative project.

 Saturday, February 7- March 28 2009  4pm-7pm  * Free
New Works by Murielle White: Coppell resident, Murielle White first showed in the Arthello Beck Gallery in March, 2007 and made quite an impression. Her latest works are no less impressive and demonstrate her mastery of her medium.

 Friday, February 20, 2009 8pm * $5 
Celebrating the NAACP 100 Years of Service:  Black Cinematheque Dallas & SDCC celebrate the 100th anniversary of the critical civil rights organization, NAACP with 2 films. "The Rise & Fall of Jim Crow: Fighting Back" and "Negroes With Guns" are the featured films

Friday, February 20, 2009  12 midnight * Free
Remembering David Newman & Claude Johnson: An artistic memorial for two great jazz musicians. David "Fathead" Newman and Claude Johnson they were honored throughout the years at the SDCC. And no we say farewell with film, music, verse and memories.

Friday, February 27, 2009 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm * Free
A Taste of Black Movement:  SDCC's resident dance companies will be showcased in a mini-performance in the dance studio. Space is limited so call for reservations 214-939 ARTS (2787)

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