Debbie Allen Dance Residency

Broadway legend Debbie Allen returns to Baton Rouge
to produce & direct the musical, Pepito's Story
in the Arts Council's 7th Annual Debbie Allen Dance Residency.
Performances March 13 - 16 at the Manship Theatre.

Baton Rouge, LA --- Award-winning dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen returns to Baton Rouge to produce Pepito's Story, a professional dance musical for young people as part of the Arts Council's seventh annual Debbie Allen Dance Residency. Originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center, Pepito's Story is choreographed by Emmy award-winner Debbie Allen, the creator of many sold-out Kennedy Center productions, including Brothers of the Knight.

Pepito's Story is a Caribbean-flavored musical that glows with the warmth of the island sun. It tells the tale of Pepito, who loves to dance - and is determined to follow his dream even though the other kids laugh at him. The score is written by jazz superstar Arturo Sandoval. The Washington Post calls it "a magical, heart-warming tale (with) high-energy dancing that makes you want to join in!" Debbie Allen's production of Pepito's Story is recommended for all ages.

The production features talented local dancers between the ages of 5 and 21 who have been cast and trained by Ms. Allen and master dance artists/professional dancers from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. The performances will be held March 13-16 at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts located at 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70801.

Tickets for the performances are General Admission at $20 each, and will be available through the Manship Theatre at (225) 344-0334, toll-free at (866) 451-2787 or online at www.manshiptheatre.org.

Debbie Allen is one of the most respected and versatile talents in the entertainment industry today. An accomplished dancer, singer, choreographer, producer and director, Ms. Allen received two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her role on the hit TV Series FAME, two Tony nominations for her roles in the revivals of Sweet Charity and West Side Story and received the first Lena Horne Award for career achievement. She produced the critically acclaimed film Amistad with Steven Spielberg and Colin Wilson and has choreographed the Academy Awards show for ten years, six of which were consecutive.

Ms. Allen has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center to create numerous works for young audiences. She has familial ties to the Greater Baton Rouge Area and is delighted to contribute to the growth and enjoyment of dance in our community. This year's production is sure to delight sell-out audiences once again.

This production is made possible through the generous support of the Office of the Mayor-President, the Metro Council of East Baton Rouge and the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation.