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“DESCENDANTS: A Musical History Lesson”
World Premier at The Glasgow Square Theatre December 4th, 2017

New Beginnings Ministries (Dartmouth) has teamed up with Broadway In The HOOD (Las Vegas) to bring to life a wonderful new intimate musical about the unlikely pairing of two Americans, from two different worlds, who’s lives helped paved the way for racial harmony in Canada in the 1800’s. “Descendants: A Musical History Lesson” is proud to make its world premier November 2017, with a limited engagement tour of selected provinces in Canada!

Descendants: A Musical History Lesson, by the authors Deidre Thompson and Torrey Russell, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy depicting the fictitious tale of Edmund Fanning and Davis Sheppard, told through the eyes of George “Buddy” Sheppard, an 80 year old descendant of David Sheppard. 
Fanning, a white Loyalist, after being forced out of North Carolina, finds himself escaping lynching as he flees to New York City only to stumble right in the path of the Underground Railroad. Edmund along the way encounters David Sheppard, a runaway slave, who ultimately ends up saving Fanning’s life as they both escape to New York City. As the years pass David and Edmunds form an unlikely friendship, but slavery remained consistent. From New York to Nova Scotia skin color remained the boundary that kept these two worlds apart. 

The remarkable creative team have brought together some of the top names in the world of theatre and dance to bring this show to life. “Descendants” will star none other than dance extraordinaire Justin Bryant, former principle dancer with the The Philadanco Dance Company and most recent Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE in Las Vegas at The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino as David Sheppard, and a cast comprised of artist from both the United States and Canada. The rousing musical score is comprised of everything from Bluegrass to Gospel and everything in between and features special songs by award winning Canadian recording artist Cheryl Edgett. With stunning choreography by accomplished dance masters Avree Walker and Justin Bryant, and direction by Torrey Russell, “Descendants: A Musical History Lesson is a beautiful song and dance masterpiece transports the audience from the 1700s to present day woven together to create a beautiful tapestry that explores universal issues, which affect us all - love, anger, friendship, forgiveness, faith, maturity, and bloodlines. 



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