Mufaros Beautiful Daughters comes to Miramar Center

admin | 11/8/2011, 5:24 a.m.

African version of Cinderella based on delightful book

With African drumming and powerful choreography, a modern-day version of the Cinderella story, Mufaros Beautiful Daughters, is coming to the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark for two shows on Saturday, Oct. 22nd. Based on the Caldecott Award-winning childrens illustrated book by John Steptoe, the play is part of the Family Fun Series that introduces young children to the world of theatrical performance. The story is about two beautiful, young sisters on a journey where one of them will be chosen to become the queen. But first they must tackle mysterious challenges while proving their courage, strength of spirit and compassion for others. This is a folk tale from Zimbabwe and it has a great feel from that region of the world, said Robin Flatt, director of the play. The play really celebrates the rich history, culture and ancestry of Black people. I believe Black children can really connect to the drums and so far they have been excited to see the play. Shows like this are wonderful for Black children because they get to see young Black actors perform. The energy created on stage comes from a group of drummers who put in long hours of training and practice so that they could recapture the spirit of the Motherland. It wasnt easy to learn how to drum for this play, said Rick Spivey, drummer. We do three different cadences throughout the play and it is very taxing. Luckily, we have a great music director who has been well-schooled in the art of African music. He helped me to hold the drum properly and to produce the correct sound. Its the kind of beat that gets into your spirit the audience really connects to it. They are the ones that get me going and give me the kind of energy I need to give them a really good show. For more information call 954-602-4500. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com