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Vision Community Theatre Group to “shake” up the Boykin Center this weekend

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June is Black Music Month and soon melodious tunes and dance moves from decades of the past will fill the Edna Boykin Cultural Center.

Vision Community Theatre Group presents “Shake, Rock, Rattle & Roll: Doo-Wop Rock-n- Roll Motown and The Philly Sound,” a journey that covers the musical era when “Soldier Boy” was a serenade to the military rather than the modern-day rapper, whose name sounds the same but is spelled totally different.

“Shake, Rock, Rattle and Roll” is the 26th production of Vision that was founded by Toshika Smith and Jahni Evans. Smith is the writer and director.

Harmony and Melody are the main characters and one helps the other learn about music, how it’s a feeling and is innate. Along with it comes dancing that follows the songs.

The other characters in Shake, Rock, Rattle & Roll are the singers, local residents, all who have been rehearsing for weeks, learning the new music and choreography.

Live music will be performed by girl groups and boy bands consisting of doo-wop and pop of the 1950s and 1960s. Dance will be the mood of the Boykin Center that audience members might feel like they’re at church and want to just shout. Chart topping songs of the next couple decades were selected from some of the greatest performers, such as Martha and the Vandellas, LaBelle and The Temptations.

Tickets costs $12 in advance and $15 at the door. They may be purchased at the Arts Council of Wilson, 124 Nash St.; Ward Steak & Cheese, 6228 Ward Blvd.; SaYum Jamaican Food, 408 Nash St., Eventbrite.com and from any of the cast mates.

The event is Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.visioncommunitytheatregroup.webs.com.

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