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January 25, 2010


Motown Jukin’ returns for encore performance

Photo: Michael Smith portrays Michael Jackson in Motown Jukin.
Michael Smith portrays Michael Jackson in Motown Jukin.

The musical tribute, “Motown Jukin,’” will be performed again at a one-time-only performance 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, in the University Theater.

Produced by Sacramento Black Art of Dance and Sons/Ancestors Players, the interpretive dance concert is a tribute to Motown Records’ 50th anniversary. It played to turn-away crowds when first staged on campus in October.

“The concert was such a major success and so many folks were turned away from the smaller stage in October, we wanted to make sure that the community had another opportunity to see the show,” says Linda Goodrich, S/BAD director and chair of Sacramento State’s Theatre and Dance Department.

The concert features songs such as “Tears of a Clown,” “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” and “War,” and ends with a second-act tribute to Michael Jackson.

Tickets are expected to go fast. The cost is $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for children. Proceeds will help send Sac State Theatre and Dance students to the American College Dance Festival, the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Sons/Ancestors, which has brought Black theater to campus since the late 1970s, will present alternating vignettes during the dance pieces to further tell the story of Motown’s history and impact on American culture, says Professor Melinda Wilson, Sons/Ancestors advisor and assistant director.

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