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SOUL ON FIRE with Shirley Murdock Begins Performances at MITF Tomorrow

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Soul on Fire will be performed as a part of the Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival (MITF), produced by Onyx Vizion Productions, Inc. of the Bronx, New York. The performances will be held on the Main Stage at the June Havoc Theatre July 16 (6pm); July 18 (8:30pm); July 19 (8pm); July 20 (1pm); and July 21 (3pm). The theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor, New York NY, 10018. Tickets are currently on sale for $18. You may purchase tickets by calling (866) 811-4111, or you can purchase tickets online at www.midtownfestival.org.

Soul on Fire is an inspiring musical revolving around the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. The setting exists in a utopian society called "Golden City," and yet the actors reveal a range of human emotions that cannot be confined within pre-set, perfected standards. The main characters, Kisha and Mozes, perform a heart-wrenching drama that consists of forbidden love, secrets, untruths, and hypocrisy. Mozes must choose between his love for Kisha and his very existence.

Soul on Fire features Shirley Murdock, who is best known for Elektra Records Top 10 R&B hits such as, "In Your Eyes" and "As We Lay." Tyrone Stanley, who wrote the musical, is also performing in Soul on Fire, much to the delight of audiences who saw his debut in Toni Morrison's Margaret Garner in New York City Opera. Stanley is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina and a graduate of Eastern Wayne High School. He studied with the late, great Mr. Angelo Holman, Jr., before embarking upon successful performing arts careers. The show also features Michelle Lynn, Donna Cox, Bruce Davis, Je'Char Carey, Dietrice Bolden, Iyona Blake, Nathaniel Thompson, J Lamont Thomas, and Master Michael Williams, Jr. as "Soul".

Local apprentices from Barrier School Theater Apprenticeship Program are given an opportunity to experience and participate in the Off-Off Broadway production of Tyrone Stanley's Musical: Soul on Fire. The Barrie School Theater Apprenticeship Program, in partnership with Composer and Playwright Tyrone Stanley, offers middle and high school students, who show great promise in theatre arts, the unique opportunity to explore and experience the world of professional theatre. With behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals and performances, one-on-one interaction with professional artists and industry experts, and guidance on training and higher education programs, the apprentices receive a thorough introduction to the production process and careers in the performing arts. The apprentices are Aria Smith, Ashika Chivauldi, Helena Seabrook, Jong-Sun Mayele, Emanuel Plummer, Autumn Steele, Peter Vernalis, Sabeen Rana, Rachael Fisher, Cole Leacock, and Noah Yared. They are talented group and so excited to have this opportunity.

The Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival's 2013 Season runs from July 15 - August 4, 2013 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor.

John Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest Off-Off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. In 2003, the MITF moved its activities to their current location, the Theatre Building on W. 36th St., where it has been successfully ensconced since. In 2008 the Festival expanded from two theatres in that building to four, at the WorkShop Theater Company and Abingdon Theatre Company spaces. The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival focuses on effective but minimal production values.

For more information regarding The Midtown International Festival, visit www.midtownfestival.org and information about Soul on Fire the Musical, please visitwww.soulonfirethemusicial.com.


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