The Marvelous Adventures of Cape and Fist:
A Revolutionary Drumsical
This year's show, ‘The Marvelous Adventures of Cape and Fist: When the Superheroes Free the Oakland Streets’ is a revolutionary drumsical featuring children, workers, drummers and superheroes who are super-powering the movement to strike down the evil forces of gentrification, police & state violence and economic oppression.
In a time when art and music in Oakland are under siege with rising attacks against the freedom of people of color to gather and play music in public spaces, we are collectively taking a stand for opportunities to gather, share our culture and express ourselves creatively. But a visionary project like this can't come to life without the support of our community. So we are launching this online fundraising campaign to raise $3,500 so that BoomShake can put on THE BEST drumsical there ever was.
We need your SUPPORT. Putting together this production involves months of work, love and resources. The free shows are actually the culmination of a semester of youth and adult classes, including: Abundant Beginnings Forest Freedom School, Manzanita SEED & Manzanita Community Elementary, Womxn’s/Trans/GNC Street Drumming, BoomShake’s Performance Core, community partnerships with UNITE HERE 2850 workers, and artistic collaborations.
In weekly classes, participants and teaching artists have been creating new beats, songs and performances to showcase in the production. This work is led by our superstar team of teaching artists, production team and BoomShake directors, who hold the vision and experience to bring all these elements together into a fantastic production.
When the Superheroes Free the Oakland Streets
Directed by Young Adult artist Terri McFadden, “The Marvelous Adventures of Cape and Fist” will show that not all heroes wear capes and masks; it’s what's inside us that makes us all the superheroes we are. This revolutionary drumsical will feature Boomshake’s multi-generaltional participants who are youth, womxn, trans, and gender non conforming people of color and everyday heroes. Adapted from the children’s book by Kurusa about a true story of Venezuelan children fighting for a safe place to play outside in their barrio, this show is set in an Oakland that transforms into the pages of a comic book. As we deal with the villains working to gentrify this city, the children organize and unite us in the fight for an Oakland for the people.
SHOW: The Marvelous Adventures of Cape and Fist: When the Superheroes Free the Oakland Streets
Saturday Dec 8 5-7 PM
Sunday Dec 9, 2-4 PM
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
All Ages | FREE
Be AN EVERYDAY SUPERHERO - Make a Donation to ‘The Marvelous Adventures of Cape and Fist: Drumsical’
In a time when art and music in Oakland are under siege with rising attacks against the freedom of people of color to gather or play music in public spaces, we need you to take a stand for opportunities to gather, share our culture and express ourselves creatively.
Help us reach our goal of raising $3500 so that we can continue to be the heartbeat of the resistance.
Everyday Superheroes Donation Levels:
$25: I carry a mask in my pocket
$50: I have a cape in my heart
$100: I show up for my fellow superheroes
$250: I’ll help strike down the forces of evil!
Your gift of ANY AMOUNT will ensure that:
- Oakland teaching artists, assistants, facilitators, and coordinators can share their gift while earning living wages doing important work for our community
- People who can not afford fees for our workshops can receive scholarships
- We can support a community and culturally relevant space by renting EastSide Arts Alliance, and paying Light & Sound Technicians
- Our participants and volunteers are nourished with good food as they come together to put their hearts and souls into telling our stories and sharing the work they’ve done all semester long.