Star Theatre's Color Purple opens tonight
"You know the Star Theater presented The Color Purple the first time to Gainesville audiences four years ago in the P.K. Yonge Auditorium," Star Theatre Founding Director Rhonda Wilson says gazing wistfully reminiscing about her the popular play and Celie, her favorite character to portray. "And this shortened revised adaptation is more and exciting to perform than the original play," Rhonda added.
Of course the play Ms. Wilson speaks of has been adapted from the original Broadway production that ran from 2005 – 2008. This The Color Purple production earned eleven Tony Award nominations in 2006. An enthusiastically acclaimed Broadway revival opened in late 2015 and ran through early 2017, winning two 2016 Tony Awards— including Best Revival of a Musical.
The Color Purple is a musical with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis. Based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, the show follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South from the early to mid-20th century.
"It is such an uplifting story of the main character overcoming life's pitfalls and bad life situations," Rhonda said. "With a can-do attitude lead character Cecile finally has the realization her journey of love must end with loving herself," Ms. Wilson said with a wistful smile on her face.
Friday night's opening production will be a Star Theatre alumni confab of sorts with actors Brandon Hall, Malik Marie, Sabrenal Phillips and Niyin Smith rejoining Ms. Wilson for this show after all participated in the Star Theater's Color Purple production four years ago.
"With 20 songs, including 3 duets, The Color purple is a story of Cecile experiencing her personal life journey of uplifting hope, light, and life through song and deed,' Rhonda said.
In rehearsal you can sometimes see the understanding in the actor's eyes," Rhonda said. They are all working, collaborating on something, a performance that will be everlasting and very special," Rhonda added.
The Star Center Children's Theatre is producing this adult performance, the Star Theatre is a community based, non-profit youth development program. The star mission is to empower youth through creative arts.
The Color Purple will be presented at the Star Theatre, 11 NE 23rd Ave, with opening night tonight and shows through January 28 with varied times, and dates. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more COLOR PUTPLE information.