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DRUMLine Live

 

Last updated 4/4/2017 at 5:38am

DRUMLine Live

DRUMLine Live, the energetic and vibrant new musical phenomenon, will dazzle audiences with an explosive show presented by Ogdensburg Command Performances Saturday, March 4. Curtain time is 7:45 pm in George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy; preshow chat at 6:45. Theatregoers will be treated to amazing choreography and athletic feats, the rhythmic sounds of trumpets, and the speed and pulsating force of the drumline. For tickets [$18 to $40 with discounts for Seniors, Students, Groups of 15+, and "Friends"] to a thrilling show that is sure to entertain the entire family call 315.393.2625 or visit ILoveTheatre.org

Musical Director and CEO Don P. Roberts was inspired by the hit 2002 movie Drumline starring Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones. Roberts adapted The Band's original outdoor show to thrill audiences with a new version, to be performed live on stage. DRUMLINE Live presents the sounds of the great brass past side-by-side with the hottest contemporary hip-hop and R&B. "I guarantee people have never seen a show like this before," say Roberts. "The cast of musicians and singers, led by an all-star group of percussionists, will perform extraordinary choreography that will have the audience on their feet, and dancing in the aisles, throughout the entire show!"

Mr. Roberts credits the 2002 movie for bringing excitement and relevancy to a wide demographic, but promises the stage version will be even more emotional and intense. "It's the rare show that can bring together the generation that relates to the Jackson Five or James Brown, with their kids or grandkids who listen to top 40," says Roberts.

The current tour kicked off in the United States in January 2017 with additional performances in Japan and China throughout the remainder of the year.

This performance is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Don P. Roberts

Director, Playwright, Musical Director

Mr. Don P. Roberts, M.M.ED, served as the Executive Band Consultant for the Twentieth Century Fox hit movie Drumline. He was responsible for training the actors, writing the precision drills, rehearsing The Band, etc. As the chief band consultant, he played a vital role in the making Drumline and its success. The movie received national and international acclaim. Most recently, Mr. Roberts was appointed as the Executive Band Consultant for the VH-1 and Fox Television Studios movie Drumline: A New Beat which was the long awaited sequel to Drumline. The movie premiered on VH-1 in October 2014 and was nominated for "Best Music Supervision" for Television: Long Form and Movies, by the Guild of Music Supervisors.

Mr. Roberts' theatrical leadership experience includes a long and successful tenure as the Director, Playwright, and Musical Director of the critically acclaimed theatrical production DRUMLINE Live which toured across the US, Japan, and Korea from 2008-2013. Mr. Roberts has worked extensively with some of the premiere theatrical and movie directors and producers in America. In 1996 he worked with Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega in preparation for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. Ortega is best known for directing High School Musical, Hocus Pocus, and the Michael Jackson movie, This Is It, as well as choreographing Dirty Dancing. During the 1996 Olympics, he also worked with 15 time Emmy Award winning director and Producer Don Mischer. Mr. Mischer's recent works include producing and/or directing the 83rd, 84th, and 85th Academy Awards. In addition to working with Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat Hollywood movie directors Charles Stone and Billie Woodruff, Mr. Roberts worked extensively with the Walt Disney Company's Marilyn Magness in preparation for the inaugural year of the theatrical production DRUMLINE Live.

Some of Mr. Roberts' other accomplishments include his role as the Associate Producer and Executive Band Consultant for the ESPNU television series The Battle which featured some of America's best Historically Black College and University marching bands. The five-series weekly show debuted in the fall of 2010. In 2009, Mr. Roberts served as the Musical Director and Executive Bank Consultant for the Black College Football Xperience video game. He also choreographed the drills and routines for the popular Nature's Own Whitewheat Bread commercial which featured marching bands and debuted during the 2005 Super Bowl. In 2005, Mr. Roberts also worked as the Executive Band Consultant on the Missy Elliot hit song Bad Man for her album The Cookbook.

DRUMLine Live

Presented by Ogdensburg Command Performances

Saturday, March 4 @ 7:45 PM

The "new" George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy

Tickets: $16 - $40

Call: 315.393.2625 / Visit: http://www.ILoveTheatre.org

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