'Motown' performers visit D-Town's North High School

by John Moore | Feb 17, 2017

Video above: Cast members from the national touring production of Motown the Musical visited students from Denver's North High School to sing a song and answer their questions about life in the theatre.

Michelle Alves, who plays 15 roles, and 11-year-old CJ Young, who plays a young Michael Jackson, offered advice and encouragement before returning to the Buell Theatre for 'Motown,' the story of founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul. His American dream launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson. The conversation was led by DCPA Education’s Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski.

Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk and Senior Arts Journalist John Moore.

Photo gallery: Motown at Denver's North High School:

'Motown' in Denver 2017
Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. To see more, click the forward arrow on the image above.

Motown the Musical: Ticket information
Motown The MusicalThrough Sunday, Feb. 19
The Buell Theatre
ASL, Open Caption and Audio Described performance: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
Tickets: 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
800-641-1222 | TTY: 303-893-9582
Groups (10+): 303-446-4829

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Motown the Musical:
How Berry Gordy turned a slogan into The Supremes

Michelle Alves and CJ Young, center, with students from Denver North High School. Photo by John Moore. Michelle Alves and CJ Young of 'Motown the Musical,' center, with students from Denver North High School. Photo by John Moore for the DCA NewsCenter.

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John Moore
John Moore
Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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