Electra Weston and cast members from nationally-acclaimed Broadway performance “The Lion King” are practicing for a different kind of show.
One most have never experienced before.
“(It’s) acoustic shows, richness of music...going somewhere else,” Weston said.
Through music they're sharing children's African stories that you can hear during a benefit concert Monday night.
Weston hopes it will give the Greenwood Cultural Center the boost it needs to keep its doors open.
“Having the cultural center not exists would be detrimental,” said Frances Jordan-Rakestraw, GCC executive director. “It's an important part of history.”
The center has been struggling for several years, following state budget cuts.
Jordan-Rakestraw says donations are giving the center the push it needs.
“We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Jordan-Rakestraw said.
The performance by Broadway actors also hopes to enrich the lives of kids now.
Some people can't afford to see The Lion King,” Weston said. “But they’ll see some Broadway performers in this show.”
Jordan-Rakestraw says a private donor has stepped up to match whatever is raised through the special performance, and it is going to make a big difference.
“We will be able to bring back the afterschool program the onsite school programs,” she said. “We want the children back in the building.”
All of these performers inspired as children to reach for the stars have now become big stars, and they hope to do the same for kids here in Tulsa.
“It's up for them to see they can do the same thing,” Jordan-Rakestraw said.
The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave. Tickets are a minimum $15 donation.
Only 700 tickets will be sold. Call 918-596-1025 for more information.
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