For over 20 years, Miami's Voices United performing arts program has churned out musical theater written by kids, for kids. Their touring company plays nearly every community event it can, and has taken them as far as South Africa and Turkey. Their annual musicals regularly sell out 1000-seat theaters. If Woody Guthrie's acoustic guitar killed fascists, Voices United's secular gospel of positive thinking and breaking down cultural barriers kills complacency and small mindedness.
After Voices United branched out into recorded media in 2009 with the 3-track "Voices United" CD EP, VU director and founder Katie Christie set her sights on on making a feature film. The result, "Break The Chain" is a semi-autobiographical account of a kids performing arts orginization that gets a second wind. It makes its world premiere at the Tower Theater Thursday night.
One of the actors in the "Break The Chain" ensemble cast is Jaylon "Thunder" Ballard, who possesses the most powerful soul voice heard in these parts since Alston records was churning out hits by Timmy Thomas and Betty Wright.
Admission to "Break The Chain" is $40 and includes adult beverages for those inclined to imbibe and a dessert bar for teetotalers. The Tower Theater is located at 1508 Sw 8th st in Little Havana. Doors are at 6PM, Showtime is at 7PM. Advance tickets are available here.