Skylight Music Theater Announces Black History Month Events

MILWAUKEE — Skylight Music Theater has announced special events taking place throughout the month to celebrate Black History Month.

Skylight is Milwaukee’s Equity musical theater company. Below are events you can check out:

Cabaret “Soul Review”

soul examination is a one-night-only cabaret on Saturday, February 19 at 7 p.m.

The show features three of the theater’s performers: Raven Dockery, Shawn Holmes and Kevin James Sievert. The three will sing onstage with a band at the Studio Theater at the Broadway Theater Center, 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

The songs performed will be classics by Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder, among others.

“Along with great tunes and witty banter, your soul is guaranteed to be stirred,” Dockery said. The trio will be accompanied by a trio composed of piano, guitar and percussion led by Paul Sucherman.

soul examination is a pay-what-you-can, with a $20 suggestion, the theater says.

Filmed presentation “Forgotten Voices” free in February

The theater will offer free access during the month of February to the virtual production Forgotten Voices – Discovering the Roots of American Music.

According to officials, Forgotten voices was directed and written by Sheri Williams Pannell and the music directed and arranged by Christie Chiles Twillie in honor of Juneteenth in 2021.

“Forgotten Voices was born out of our passion, knowledge, and desire to correct misinformation, especially as it relates to the African American experience and music,” Pannell said. In a musical and theatrical journey, Forgotten voices highlights how the musical roots encompass the harmonies and rhythms of West Africa, which later became Freedom Songs, Spirituals and Blues, through Ragtime, Dixieland, Country, Swing, BeBop, Jazz, Gospel, Rock n’ Roll and beyond.

Access to Forgotten voices is free, but donations are encouraged. Click here to stream on demand.

“Monday Night Dance Break” Class

Officials say dance classes celebrating Black History Month will take place Monday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Broadway Theater Center 4and ground rehearsal studio.

Local choreographers, Wanyah Frazier and Christopher Gilbert, will teach.

Monday night dance break classes last just over an hour and cost $15. You can pay at the door.

To register or for more information, contact Amanda Rosmann at [email protected]

Safety requirements are in effect, including indoor masks and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

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