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Tickets are on sale for “Ain’t I a Woman” at Silverthorne on March 2

LEWISTON, Idaho – Tickets are now on sale for the Lewis-Clark State College Silverthorne Artist’s Series show “Ain’t I a Woman!”, which will be held March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Silverthorne Theatre on the LCSC campus.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and children, and free for LCSC students with a valid student ID card. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the LCSC Center for Arts & History, 415 Main Street, Lewiston, during 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. LCSC students can pick up their free ticket with their valid ID card only at the Student Union Building’s Information Desk.

“Ain’t I a Woman” showcases actress Shayla Simmons and the Core Ensemble trio as they celebrate the lives and times of four significant African American women: ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, folk artist Clementine Hunter, and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.  Simmons portrays all four women while interacting with the musical trio that features a cello, piano, and percussions.

Kim Hines wrote the show while the musical score is drawn from spiritual songs of the Deep South, the urban exuberance of the Jazz Age, and concert music by African American composers, including Diane Monroe.

Since 1993, The Core Ensemble has toured in the United States and internationally in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands. The Core Ensemble has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Palm Beach County Cultural Council, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Simmons has appeared in theatre (“The Color Purple,” “Dreamgirls”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and “The Wiz”), and in the national tour of “Winnie the Pooh.”  She was a featured artist with the Golden Gospel Singers in a European tour to Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. Simmons was the recipient of the NAACP Best Actress Regional Award and the Women of Power Certificate of Achievement in Acting, Singing, Writing, Producing and Directing. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

For more information on the event, contact the Lewis-Clark State College Silverthorne Artist’s Series office at 208-792-2447.