Local playwright's musical traces music through the 'Generations'

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 05:43 PM.

"I told him, 'Man, you should do something here,'" Hinton said.

Smith and Dr. Cliff Herron, the Mattie Kelly Performing Arts Center's executive director, discussed bringing "Generations" to the Mainstage at Northwest Florida State College.

"Mattie Kelly decided to bring us onboard in July, so we've been practicing for quite some time now," Smith said. "It's been a lot of work. It's been a little more work than I anticipated."

In 10 acts, beginning with the early 1900s, "Generations" brings each decade's music, history and culture to the stage, starting with what Smith called a "soul-stirring Negro spiritual."

Each member of the 10-actor cast respectively introduces each decade.

"It is 10 monologues of what was going on in black history, entertainment, sports (and) politics," Mike said. "After each monologue, the band strikes up and the cast comes out and performs the music of the most popular artists of that decade."

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