I am from the Motor City. I may have mentioned it once or twice. The music of Motown is the soundtrack of my teens. I danced in the streets, in my girlfriend’s rec room and at junior high sock hops with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. We tried to copy the tight choreography and pretend we were as cool as the Vandellas or as chic as the Supremes.
The girl groups were my favorites, but I also loved Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Little Stevie Wonder.
Motown is coming to downtown this weekend. I am so excited. The Hurrah Players are presenting The Magic and Music of Motown Friday, July 24th, Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.
If you love classic Motown or want to school your kids in the classics, you need to buy tickets for this show. The Hurrah Players will present 38 songs, the best from Detroit. You will be singing and dancing along to the Supremes, the Temptations, the Commodores, the Contours, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Jackson Five and much more.
Why Motown in Norfolk? Hugh Copeland, Artistic Director of the Hurrah Players, says it was simple: “We love the music and we have an abundance of talent right here in Hampton Roads.”
Victor Spence and Jamel Dean are the musical directors of this show. Victor was in the Hurrah Players as a child. He is now married with two kids and a successful businessman, but “once you’re in the Players, you never get out.” Hugh Copeland calls it, “being Hurrahified.” Forty-four Hurrah Players–from young teens to adults–will sing the Motown classics and dance the Motown style, choreographed by Lisa Wallace.
The music will be presented chronologically, with just a bit of narration added to help the audience understand the times and the history of Motown. Mr. Copeland and his players have done their research on Barry Gordy, Hitsville, USA and the Motown Machine.
The Hurrah Players are one more piece of the puzzle that makes the 757 a great place to live. This nonprofit organization has been teaching children and adults how to act, dance and sing for 32 years and giving them a showcase to “grow and perform.” Hugh Copeland says they have “never turned anyone away who cannot pay” for classes. Maybe that’s part of the reason so many talented people have become “Hurrahified.”
Next up for the Hurrah Players is 3 Blind Mice – Against All Odds, written by “Corey – the Talented Blind Guy.” Hugh Copeland says this is a funny one, for the whole family, that teaches some valuable lessons about what you can do when you cannot see. For that schedule, click here.
Have a great time this weekend and support The Hurrah Players. In the timeless words of Martha Reeves, “Can’t forget the Motor City.”