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December 08, 1995 - Image 160

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-12-08

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ins Brinker & the Silver
Skates dramatizes a broth-
er's and sister's resolve to
keep their family together.
ArtsPower, the production corn-
pany bringing the musical to
Michigan, dramatizes twin broth-
ers' resolve to keep family enter-
tainment touring around the
Hans Brinker will be per-
formed Saturday and Sunday,
Dec. 9 and 10, at the Music H211
as part of a Youtheatre series for
children ages 7 and older.
ArtsPower, founded by Gary
and Mark Blackman in 1985,
has toured 13 shows around the
country. The brothers started
their nonprofit organization in
New Jersey after touring them-
selves as jazz musicians for 10
Finding success with "Journey
Into Jazz," a school program,
they wanted to work on other
original road shows. Trips to
Michigan are special because
Gary married Amy Winkelman,
who is from the Detroit area and
has family here.
"What I like about Hans
Brinker is that all the characters
develop and change," said Gary
Blackman, ArtsPower's manag-
ing director whose brother, Mark,
is director of development.
"It's a show that families can
enjoy together, and it will give
parents and children lots to talk
about after the show is over."
In other years at the Music
Hall, the Blackman brothers, 38,
have introduced Anne of Green
Gables, Fourscore and Seven
Years Ago and Olympic Spirit,
which has a Jewish theme and is
among 13 shows created and de-
veloped by ArtsPower.
Development is what Arts-
Power is all about. During the
past decade, the corporation has
presented 2,500 performances to
2 million people in 30 states, and
throughout the 1995-96 season,
there will be more than 500 per-
formances reaching nearly
300,000 people.
"When we first started Arts-
Power, a lot of the revenue that
we generated was from perfor-
mances," Gary Blackman ex-
plained. "We'd actually earn the
money for things like adminis-
trative costs or office supplies or
promotional materials.

Hans Brinker & the Siver Skates will be presented tomorrow and Sunday as part of

the Youtheatre season.

"My brother now solicits funds
on a full-time basis, going to in
dividuals, foundations and cor
porations. Our state arts counci 1
first helped fund us, and we have
since received support from com-
panies such as Panasonic. Last
year there was funding from the
National Endowment for the
The Blackman brothers orig-
inally planned on becoming mu-
sic therapists, first studying
psychology at Columbia College
in New York and later music at
Florida State University in Tal-
lahassee. They soon realized,
however, that they were more
interested in performing with
Gary on trumpet or piano and
Mark on saxophone, flute or clar-
As they built ArtsPower, the

twinshared a commitment to
moral issues raised through their
"Moral development is helped
by programs that have good
lessons," said Blackman, who be-
lieves that moral growth is
the primary responsibility of
families. "We don't preach be-
cause I think that would turn
audiences off to any message in
our plays. Instead, our shows
provide good role models and
good examples."
Olympic Spirit, for instance,
goes beyond the story of Jesse
Owens at the 1936 Olympic
Games in Berlin. It also recounts
what happened to American Jew-
ish runner Marty Glickman and
German Jewish fencer Helene
About a year before each sea-

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