Luminous, an inner-city musical fantasy, will have its world premiere June 27 at the Audubon Middle School.
Written by Sherman Woods (book & lyrics) and Fitz Houston (music), the musical features students from Audubon, many of whom are participating in the L.A. City Bridges program. Tickets are free to the public.
The performance is preceded by an L.A. Bridges awards ceremony at 6:30 PM and by "Hip-Hop for Life," a dance created by Desmond (Versatile) Walker and youngsters in the L.A. HIV Prevention Project, at 7:30 PM.
Luminous is about a prince who must rescue his bride and reclaim his kingdom from evil invaders. Woods also directs the fanciful production in which lions can talk, dance and rap.
Funding for the show is provided by L.A. City Department of Community Development L.A. Bridges' program. The Bridges is a special anti-gang initiative providing wrap-around services to students and their families in the Crenshaw Corridor, the community surrounding Audubon Middle School. L.A. Bridges, a collaboration of over 20 agencies of which L.A. Theatre Works' "Arts & Children Project" is one, is coordinated by T.H.E. Clinic.Audubon Middle School is located at 4120 11th Ave. Call Gale Cohen at (310) 827-0808 for information.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent