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OCU Welcomes Musical Theater Troupe for Black History Month Performance
The Core Ensemble, a musical theater troupe, will perform a show called “Ain’t I a Woman!” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Oklahoma City University as part of the university’s celebration of Black History Month. The performance will be in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business. The Core Ensemble — consisting of Tahirah Whittington on cello, Hugh Hinton on piano and Michael Parola on percussion, with actress Taylore Mahogany Scott — will perform the latest in a series of multicultural and feminist performance pieces produced by the ensemble over the past 10 years. “Ain’t I a Woman!” celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women — renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age and contemporary concert music by African Americans. “Ain’t I a Woman!” is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of the passionate and accomplished women. A versatile performer, Scott has performed in film and television, including the nationally televised PBS show “African American Lives” with Oprah Winfrey. Her theater credits include New York Classical Theatre’s “All’s Well that Ends Well & As You Like It;” American Globe Theatre’s “Romeo and Juliet;” Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival’s “MacBeth” and Dallas Theatre Center’s “A Christmas Carol.” Scott received bachelor’s degrees in biomedical science for veterinary medicine and theatre arts from Texas A&M University, and a master’s of fine arts degree in acting/Shakespeare from Florida Atlantic University. The Core Ensemble has toured in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean and in every region of the U.S. The show tours throughout the U.S. during Black History Month and Women’s History Month. This performance is sponsored by the Oklahoma City University Honors Program, Student Life, the Fine Arts Institute and the Provost’s Office. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Virginia McCombs at (405) 208-5457 or e-mail vmccombs@okcu.edu.