Music Doing Good in Schools presents its eighth season at The Hobby Center
HOUSTON, TX (April 13, 2019) – The students who participate in Music Doing Good in Schools are back to the stage at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall (800 Bagby Street, 77002) to present “Runaway Blues” on Friday, May 10, 2018, 7:30 pm. Children from Askew Elementary School, Cummings Elementary, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center (GLEC), Mata Intermediate School, Baylor College of Medicine Middle School, The Rusk School, YES Prep West, Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Northshore Senior High School, Wheatley High School, and San Jacinto Community College have been diligently learning their lines, choreography and rehearsing since September 2018 to deliver this program.
Tickets are now on sale at the box office for $20 (adults) and $10 (children under 12) and can be purchased at http://www.thehobbycenter.org/?q=node/2506 or by calling 713.315.2525.
“Runaway Blues” is a riveting tale that revolves around three young men who are seeking refuge from the torments of bullying, the pressure to be successful and the marginalization of being labeled autistic. On a whim, they meet at a secluded train station and purchase tickets to an unknown destination. While aboard, they meet a kindhearted train worker, Miss Judy Lu Robert, who dispenses her own brand of wisdom gained from years of working on the railroad and having an autistic grandchild. Through her loving guidance, the boys eventually return safely to their families, eternally bonded by the knowledge that supportive individuals are available. Most importantly, they are empowered by positive thinking.
“Runaway Blues” is undergirded by a soundtrack featuring several original songs by its playwright and director, Aisha Ussery, M.Ed. Get on board and support Music Doing Good in Schools’ “Runaway Blues.”
“Oftentimes youth feel misunderstood and battle with the hardship of simply being their authentic selves. While the idea of uniqueness is celebrated, it is seldom supported with acceptance, causing individuals to feel like outcasts and seek refuge in isolation. I composed music and wrote “Runaway Blues” to speak to a growing population of children who feel their only option is to run away. Through this piece, my goal is to help them identify support systems within their friend circle and community. And if that does not work, it is important to encourage oneself and Be Your Own Sunshine,” shares Program Director, Aisha Ussery, M.Ed.
Students will receive accompaniment from Music Doing Good artists Phillip Hall and Rodney Waters on keyboards. The production will also feature Houston-area musicians Starlic Williams (drums), Ronnie Mason (bass), and James William III (trumpet).
Music Doing Good in Schools is a musical theatre arts program with a focus on developing social and emotional learning skills. Over the course of an entire school year, students explore the multifaceted aspects of theatre, from dance, music, acting, play writing, costuming, make up and more. Throughout the program, students collaborate with each other and with our staff to create an end of year performance featuring original music, lyrics, and choreography.
Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms children’s lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences. The outreach programs bring musical enrichment to children in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities. The programs use music to stimulate minds, spark creativity and ignite imagination.
For more information, please visit www.musicdoinggood.org.
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