Hip Hop/Tango Cast of R&J [Romeo & Juliet] to Perform VIP Mini Production at Miami's Soyka Restaurant

For Immediate Release

Miami, Florida

Join the cast of R&J [Romeo & Juliet], an interactive drama, for a special VIP party & mini performance at Soyka Restaurant in Miami. Presented by Grace Arts Center, a non-profit developing innovative performance arts concepts, this promotional event will be held March 27 from 7pm-10pm. VIP guests at Soyka will be treated to a preview of a youth-led avant garde adaptation of Romeo & Juliet; the full production is opening in Dade County April 18 at Miami Light Project Inc. Wynwood.

"We are still riding high from our phenomenal kick off of R&J on March 6th at the Theatre at the Broward Main Library," said R&J Director Clare Vickery. "Our cast is thrilled to head to the Magic City and offer VIP guests at Soyka Restaurant select drinks, hors d'oeuvres and sneak peak of R&J. Bring a friend!" she added.

R&J is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in Miami at the close of the 20th Century. The production infuses the traditional story's strains between families with the tensions between two battling dance troupes - one of tango (Montague) and one of hip hop (Capulet). The young actors travel through time through the help of a Narrator, who in spoken word also leads the audience on a journey of individual, family and neighborhood reconciliation. Featuring live graffiti art, an original score for violin, and DJ sound tracks to each scene, the danced drama places the star-crossed lovers on a surprise path back to their hometown where art is their refuge and a message to their community from the stage. R&J is a youth-led production with a local cast of musicians, singer/songwriters, poets, actors, DJ's, fine artists and dancers.

Vickery, director of Grace Arts Center, teamed up with Janet Erlick of the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater (FLCT) to co-produce R&J with FLCT alumni. Gelan Lambert, a Miami native, served as Consulting Creative Director for R&J, bringing years of experience to the production as and award-winning Julliard Graduate performer and choreographer. The cast includes alumni of the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater including Skylar Voelker, Patrick Hart, and Chad Coolidge, playing lead roles of Juliet, Mercutio, and Benvolio respectively. The Choreographers are Diego Santana (Tango) and Robert Fantum Bell (Hip Hop) with original DJ Soundrack by Above Ground Music, a beautiful score by Jazz band leader, Mike Norris, and live Graffiti Art by GPK Studios.

Vickery added, “we blended a lot into this piece including 'history' - the photo of the Little Havana 'La Rambla' punctuates the adaptation of this classic love story as it winds its way through one of the oldest most diverse neighborhoods in South Florida. The surprise ending is meant to encourage dialog with the audience about the art forms used and pushing boundaries in the arts while mastering the foundations.”

About Grace Arts Center

Grace Arts Center was formally approved as a charitable arts 501.c3 in 2011 expanding after school arts programs, public art festivals, cultural events and recreational classes. In 2013, the R&J project was funded through a seed grant from Broward Cultural Division for a summer workshop at The Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre. The State Division of Cultural Affairs approved a full production grant for three performances in the tri-county area in 2015.

What: R&J Mini Performance & Party

Where: Soyka Restaurant  5556 Northeast 4th Court  Private dining  Miami, FL  33137

When: March 27, 7pm-10pm

VIP Ticket: $25 -Beverage with ticket purchase for 4-18-2015 show

Buy Online: A limited number of VIP Tickets for the promotional party are available on Eventbrite

To schedule an interview with Grace Arts Center Director Clare Vickery, contact T. Wilder at She Got Game Media, (305) 520-9703.