Alaska Junior Theater’s next season will include a Maori dance troupe from New Zealand and Black Violin, a much buzzed about music group that peppers hip hop and beats with classical violin repertoire.
AJT, which announced its 2008-09 season today, brings professional Outside acts to entertain kids and families, but its upcoming schedule has broader appeal than usual. See for yourself:
AJT’s 2008-2009 Season
Oct. 24: Kahurangi: Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand. Indigenous troupe sings, chants and dances in the tradition of South Pacific cultures.
Dec. 13: “Madeline and the Bad Hat” performed by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. In this musical based on the popular children’s book series, the Parisian Madeline starts off on the wrong foot with a new neighbor, then learns how to overcome it.
Feb. 20: Soul Street Dance Company. Houston-based male dance company specializing in hip hop and break-dance. They have no qualms about doing it to old school songs either – like Vivaldi and Debussy.
April 3: Black Violin. Winners of the Apollo Legend award, this group brings classical to the kids through a lens they already understand by melding it with hip hop. (The group will also perform at AJT’s annual benefit April 4.)
May 8: “The Frog Bride” with David Gonzalez. The storyteller who brought “Aesop Bops” to Anchorage last year returns with an adaptation of a Russian fairy tale. The show incorporates live music, video and plenty of froggy hijinks.
Season subscriptions are on sale now. According to CenterTix, a five-show subscription costs $79.50.
All events have related school shows, where subsidized tickets and transportation are provided. AJT is also taking orders for school performances now.
For more information, call 272-7546 or go here.