AN AFRICAN TALE

Members of the cast of John Steptoe’s “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters - An African Tale.”
Photo courtesy of Dallas Children’s Theater

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with John Steptoe’s “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale,” performed by the Dallas Children’s Theater on Tour.

The series concludes with American Family Theater’s “Cinderella” on May 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s daughters, Nyasha and Manyara two young women of very different dispositions, travel a half day’s journey through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king.

Along the way they encounter several mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. Both are beautiful, but does either have the inner beauty of a potential queen?

Based on the Caldecott Award-winning children’s book of the same name, this new family musical sets the Cinderella story amidst the splendor of Zimbabwe, incorporating authentic African drumming, original songs, and powerful and majestic choreography.

John Steptoe’s “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale” is based on the book by John Steptoe and adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott.

Music and lyrics are by S-Ankh Rasa. The show is recommended for ages four and up.

“Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale” will be immediately followed by Brooklyn Center’s fifth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration, a free community festival.

Mufaro’s daughters, Nyasha and Manyara in John Steptoe’s “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters – An African Tale.”
Photo courtesy of Dallas Children’s Theater
Photo courtesy of Dallas Children’s Theater

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