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400 Year COMMEMORATION


Genesis Advance Performing Arts Society (GAPAS) is excited to present “The Journey” as part of the #rememberthe400 project (visit www.rememberthe400.com for more information). The Journey is a unique artistic presentation, that perfectly aligns with the 400 year commemoration of the first Africans arriving in Hampton, Virginia the latter part of August 1619.  This musical production will be accompanied by an Art Show and a series of educational workshops that celebrate the strength and resolve of a captive people and their contributions to the fabric of humanity.


On Monday, January 8, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed into law: H.R. 1242, the “400 Years of African-American History Commission Act", which establishes the 400 Years of African-American History Commission to plan activities to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African-Americans in the United States.


"The Journey" will be playing Friday, August 23, 2019

5 pm. at The American Theatre

Genesis Advance Performing Arts Society (GAPAS) presents, “The Journey” – A powerful story of a people dispersed from the “Promise Land” to Ghana, Nigeria, Western Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas. Witness this amazing journey through a theatrical tapestry of song, spoken word and dance.

Admission $35

Tickets Available at Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or The American Theatre Box office

1(757) 722-2787, Located at 125 E Mellen St, Hampton, VA 23663 

hours Mon- Fri. 10 am – 2 pm


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About GAPAS

Genesis Advance Performing Arts Society (GAPAS), was founded by Shadrock Porter, the Dora Mavor Moore Award winner, playwright, director, singer, and actor, who also wrote and produced many spectacular productions.  Shadrock Porter is well known for his creation “Shadow of the Slaves” a theatrical play honouring Canada for being a haven for slaves during the era of the underground rail road, this production made its mark at the Harbour Front Theatre.  He is also known for “The Journey”, a sold out musical production in New York, London and Toronto just to name a few locations.


GAPAS believes that the value of the Arts is immeasurable and highly educational.  As a result, GAPAS offer both education and entertainment to all its local and international communities.  Founded in 2005 and recognised in 2006 as the first organisation to proclaim “Black History Month” in the municipality of Brampton, Ontario, GAPAS has worked with numerous community establishments, to bring visualisation to history and culture through the arts.  We welcome you to visit our website www.thegapas.com for more information about our events, programs, and performances.


Our PROPOSAL

“The Journey” is the most spectacular and thought-provoking production portraying a story of an enslaved people transported from the coast of Western Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas. Never before, have the clues that connect the lives of all humanity been presented with such compelling evidence. Regardless of identity, race, social status or philosophical belief, The Journey should not be missed. The Journey is Prophetic and Historical! It is Cultural and Entertaining!


As a unique artistic presentation, The Journey is both humorous and very serious. It is dramatic, musical and educational! There has never been such an amazing event like The Journey.