The Color Purple

 

Who’s who of The Color Purple

Kim Pacheco

(Celie)

Kim is excited to be a part of The Color Purple in her hometown! Raised in a large family characterized by its heartfelt ministry, prestige, and musical talent, Kim Pacheco delivers a cultivated and unique style of contemporary soul. Her most recent adventures boast of tours through major cities in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada where she continues to “seduce” sold-out audiences at each venue. "I dedicate this role to the men who began my career in the arts; Sam Irving, Anthony Jinwright and Chris Mackey; RIP. Thank you to all of my family and friends for allowing me to totally surrender myself to this production.... Xoxoxoxo"

Eric Poindexter

(Mister)

Eric is thrilled to be a part of The Color Purple. A proud resident of New York he is a featured artist with the Yip Harburg Foundation which is dedicated to the preservation of his legacy through various projects and provides educational opportunities to low-income and minority students. Some of his favorite roles include Jim in Big River, Judas in Godspell and Crooks in Of Mice and Men. Eric can be seen performing as a current member of Symphony Space's resident company the Thalia Follies in their upcoming season. He would like to thank God, his amazing Mom, Family and Friends for their unconditional love and support.

Olivia James

(Nettie)

Olivia James is more than excited to be joining the cast of THE COLOR PURPLE! After performing in GREASE (Rizzo) and RENT (Ensemble) she is more than eager to get back to the stage. She was awarded a National Youth Theatre title for her role as Sarah in the first high school production of RAGTIME in her region and thanks to her mother she has not stopped sharpening her talents. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support and God for all that he has done!!

Deidra H. Brooks

(Shug)

Deidra H. Brooks was a cast member of The Color Purple on Broadway.

(Shug Avery u/s, church ladies and church soloist Swing) She is elated to have the opportunity to perform the role of Shug Avery again. Her strong soulful belt has landed her several roles such as "BJ" in Smokey Joes Cafe and "Slyvia" in All Shook Up.  She has appeared in several Musicals, stage plays and commercials. But her greatest role is the wife of Pastor J.N. Brooks and mother to 5 children; one of which was shot in the Aurora theatre Batman Massacre while saving a young woman and her two children's lives. After that experience she thought she'd never see the inside of any type of theater again. She feels blessed that he survived and she is conquering her fear! As an extra bonus,  she is able to perform for the first time with her daughter Olivia! "Ain't Nothing Like Family!"

To God be the Glory for the things He has done!

Daren Beatty

(Pa, Doris’ husband)

Daren Beatty is originally from Brooklyn, New York and attended the American Music and Dramatic Academy under scholarship.  Daren has had roles Directed by Debbie Allen, “When We Were Colored” Directed by Tim Reed, The Willis Richardson production of “The Wiz”, “Idlewild”,Directed by Bryan Barber “Dance On Widows Row” Written and Directed by Sam Art Williams. Directing credits include Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin In The Sun” (Directorial Debut), “Bad Boys 2”: Reggie Scene.  UNCW Ralph Ellison adaptation of the “Invisible Man” by Owen Jacoby and directed by Christopher McElroen. Daren is proud single father of two Sons Joshua (Dj), Ronnie, and Grandson Ja'lyn. assisting his son in building their music empire known as BBE Music Group. He is thankful to City Stage & True 2 You Productions for being part of a wonderful cast. But most thankful unto God for allowing him to use his talented gifts!

Tre Cotten

(Harpo)

Tré Cotten is excited to be working with City Stage and True 2 You Productions! He is a Senior at UNCW studying Theater: Performance and Music:Voice. He has recently been seen in a number of productions in the community: Six Degrees of Separation as Paul, Legally Blonde as Kyle the UPS guy, A Chorus Line, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Five Guys Named Moe to name a few. He would like to give all honor to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing him with the gifts given to him. Also he would like to thank his amazing/ loving family and friends for their support. And lastly to Justin, Chiaki, Joy and the Cast for providing this opportunity to share this message of love! Break Legs, not ACLs!

Joy Gregory

(Sofia, Asst. Director/Producer)

Joy Ducree Gregory is honored to have the opportunity to co-produce such a meaningful show, as well as to have the opportunity to share the stage with such gifted and authentic performers. Joy is the founder of True 2 You Productions, a company formed two years ago to help bridge the gap between the arts and the talented yet underserved individuals in our community. Joy has a Master's in Counseling Psychology, but has always dreamed of performing on stage. She began pursuing that dream 3 years ago in Wilmington and performed in numerous productions including Hello, Dolly! (Dolly), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Rent (Joanne), Ragtime (Sarah's friend), and Smokey Joe's Cafe (BJ)...to name a few. She also tours the Southeast with GRITS, The Musical on a regular basis. Joy wishes to send a special "thank you" to Justin and Chiaki for trusting me with the awesome task of co-producing, to her husband (I love you so much!), family, friends and church for their unwavering support, and ultimately to God, for His unmerited favor, grace and love. "Look what GOD has done!"

Maxwell Paige

(Ol’ Mister)

Maxwell is feeling really blessed these days, in spite of getting older which  in and of itself is great; it’s the aging that's no fun. He is so very happy to work with so many talented and groovy people in this production.  He was recently named as Artistic Director of PORCH THEATRE.  His first shown was Raisin in the Sun, produced by Willis Richardson Theatre Co. in 1989.  He has performed some 80 shows with Porch doing dinner theatre and it has been fun. But he does miss Dand Z.  Maxwell has recently married and loves it, go figure.  This show is gonna wow the pants off folks. Love to all.

Tracy Byrd

(Grady)

Tracy Byrd is more than excited to be not only in this incredible wonderful show but to be among so much loving and talented people.

He is truly honored and blessed for this opportunity.Some of his credits include "Songs For A New World", "A Chorus Line"  as Richie, "Hairspray " as Seaweed, Five Guys Named Moe" Ass.director/Noe Moe,"RENT " as Benny, and "DreamGirls" as Curtis.He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support! YOLO!

Khawon Jerrel Porter

(Ensemble)

Khawon Jerrel Porter is a native Wilmingtonian who has a passion for the Arts.  Music found Khawon at a very young age and remains a part of his soul.  Music permeates his life in the form of song, playing a long list of instruments learned by instruction and self-taught, and through teaching others to develop their own musical talents.  He is an accomplished woodwind instrumentalist as evidence by the awards and recognition that have been constant over the years. Khawon views acting as a "final frontier" and he is convinced that getting his feet wet is only the beginning to a future in performance.

Devonia Harrison

(Church Soloist)

Devonia “Vonnie” Howard Harrison is the ninth of eleven children and is married to John “Tony” Harrison.  Vonnie and Tony are the proud parents of 3 children, Briana, Keon and Mya.  She is a graduate of Acme-Delco High School.  She is a member and ordained elder at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Leland, NC.  She is employed with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services. 

Markus Temoney

(Preacher, Darlene’s husband)

Born to Herbert and Dentral Temoney Markus realized at a very young age that he was bound to be a singer. His music career started in middle school playing the violin. During this same time he would sing constantly even without realizing it. His mother would make him sing for random people breaking him out of being shy. He excelled in the violin to the point of being appointment first chair. While learning the violin he also began taking piano lessons paid for by his grandmother that took an interest in his musical abilities. Markus became the musician of his church Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in the year 1999 after already being there drummer for 3 years. Markus has written numerous songs and minister at numerous churches in and out of the city of Wilmington. Markus's goal is to start a North Carolina mass choir and minister all over the world. on October fourth 2009 Markus married the love of his life Priscilla Crandle. Together they are a powerful ministry ministering to people all over through the power of music.

Mary Curry

(Doris)

Mary Curry is the proud parent of Tacoya Harris, Kenyetta Harris,

Antonio Harris, Quentin Curry and Cordaro Curry. She is grandmother to four wonderful grandsons Ayden,

Jaiden, Chase, and Maurice. She is a member of Warner Temple A.M.E

Zion Church, where she sings in the choir and is a member of the trustee board. She is a former member of the

acapella group "Grateful" and has performed in several musical extravaganzas. She is a native of Wilmington, NC and loves to sing, read, and travel.

Anna McKoy Wright

(Sophia’s Sister)

Anna is a Wilmington native who is returning to theater after marriage and children are grown and gone. As a young adult, I performed with Tapestry Theater and the Willis Richardson Players.  I have been a vocalist all of my life and currently sing with the Warner Temple Mass Choir. I am excited to be back on stage.

Stephanie Newkirk

(Darlene)

Stephanie is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of such a powerful musical.  I thank God for Justin and Chiaki’s courage to bring this production to our community; for crossing my path with the sensational Joy Gregory in Ragtime; for assembling such a wonderfully talented and encouraging cast (We’re Here!); for my loving and supporting husband, Orlando Newkirk.

Blaine Mowrer

(Harpo’s Buddy)

Blaine is so excited to be working with City Stage again after being away for over two years studying Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University. This is His first production with True 2 You Productions and he is loving every minute of it. His most recent credits include Angel in RENT, Charlie Bucket in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Yellow Brick Road in The Wiz, and many many others in the area. When he isn't performing Blaine is still always dancing. He currently works as a dance instructor and choreographer at A Leap Above Dance Studio and also enjoys performing with his students in such productions as this one. Blaine would like to thank Justin, Joy, Chiaki, his Grandparents for always letting him pursue his dreams, and the entire cast for being one of the most talented casts he has ever worked with. "This has been one amazing journey and I hope you all enjoy this incredibly moving story."

Alexia Hunter

(Sofia’s sister, African wife)

I am totally excited about having this opportunity to work with City Stage/True 2 You Productions and such an awesome group of ladies and gentlemen!  I have danced since I was little and have been singing for over 10 years.  I  would like to thank my husband, Isaiah, and my 3 children Isaiah II, Saniyah, and David for allowing me to share my time away from home in order to take part in this great production! I continue to thank God for giving me this opportunity and surrounding me with such talented and loving people.  

Priscilla Crandle-Temoney

(Sofia’s sister)

Pricilla was born in the early 70's in upstate New York and brought up in a Christian home where music and ministry were instilled. At an early age, Pricilla lead songs and declared that one day, "I’m gonna sing all over the world". She moved to Wilmington NC in her early 20's, where she now resides with her husband and beautiful daughter. Pricilla joined a local ministry where she began to minister in song, teach the youth dance ministry and become Lead praise and worship  minister. Pricilla and her husband are developing a local ministry team, writing songs, and leading in worship services as lead. I would like to truly thank all for this awesome experience.God Bless!

Anita Shepard

(Sofia’s sister)

Anita “SunShyne” Shepard, a Wilmington native, feels most alive when she's on stage performing in front of an audience. "Music has always been the single most powerful way for me to express myself," she says. Her honest, engaging lyrics reflect the human condition, the universal experiences people share but have been socialized not to reveal. "I want my audience to feel like we're having an intimate conversation in a living room," she says. "An opportunity to connect in a seamless, heartfelt way."

Margaret Craig

(Jarene)

Margaret R. Craig is making her musical theatre debut in The Color Purple.  She is a native Wilmingtonian and the mother of twins, Lloyd & Elizabeth.  She was a member of a church theatrical group that performed in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and has been in music ministry for many years.  She is excited to be part of the cast but is especially thrilled to work with cast members who are childhood friends.  Many thanks to Justin, Chiaki & Joy for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful production & special thanks to her coworkers at the Port for all of their support.

Beth Swindell

(Mayor’s Wife)

Beth Swindell (Mayor's Wife) is honored to be part of such a beautiful production. You may have seen her recently as Judy in NINE TO FIVE and in other productions this year like THE FULL MONTY, LEGALLY BLONDE, A CHORUS LINE, and HELLO DOLLY! She would like to thank Joy, Justin, Chiaki, and David for this great opportunity. She would also like to thank this amazing cast for blessing all of us with their genuine love and talent.

Cameron Corbett

(Ensemble)

Cameron Corbett is a native of Wilmington and is thrilled to be working with City Stage/True 2 You Productions.  Having been a competitive dancer since the age of 5, Cameron is no stranger to the stage.  However, she made her first appearance in live theatre in the 2011 Thalian production of   “Hairspray” where she met Joy Gregory, and was blessed with the opportunity to work with Mrs. Gregory again in the 2012 production of “Hello Dolly”.  Cameron has also performed as a Delta Nu in “Legally Blonde”.  She would like to thank Justin, Chiaki, Joy and David for this amazing opportunity and God for this blessing to be a part Wilmington’s theatrical history with this production.

Destiny Nia Williams

(Olinka child)

Destiny is extremely excited to make her acting debut in this musical.  She studied ballet, tap, hip hop and jazz at Glory Academy, having performed in three productions including "Seasons" and "The Creation".  A fourth grade honor roll student, she appears on her school's broadcast and sings in the chorus. Destiny was offered a modeling/acting contract by the Casting Board. She is a member of Little Divas and First Fruits Dance Ministry at New Beginning Christian Church.   Her parents are Antoinette Williams, Attorney D. Lynne Williams and Larry Sutton.   

Danielle Lloyd

(African wife/Sofia’s Sister)

I am a senior recreation therapy major at UNCW. This is my first production in four years and I am extremely excited to be working with City Stage.  I have met so many people along this journey and seen so much talent come to the stage.I am thankful for this opportunity and I will cherish this experience for a lifetime!

Kintasia Fisher

(Olinka child)


Gabrielle Ward

(Olinka child)

Gabrielle Ward is a 9 year old and is in 4th grade at Anderson Elementary School.  Gabrielle is an " A Honor Roll " student and works

very hard.  Gabrielle is a dedicated member of Ministry In Motion dance troupe at New Beginning Christian Church.  She also attends Carolina Gymnastics.  Gabrielle is a member of the Mustard Seed Youth ministry after school program and participates in drama, bells & choir and the Mustard Seed Step team.

Eleanor Pedford

(Glodene)

Eleanor "Shug-haha" Pedford is a single parent of two young men. Originally from Savannah, GA, she moved to Wilmington 2 1/2 years ago from Dallas, TX. Stage credits include Cotton Club Review, The Wiz, and The Old Ship of Zion. She loves and enjoys singing and looks forward to performing in more musicals in the future.

Loren Raynor

(Olinka child)

Mike Thompson

(Guard)

Mike is excited to be making his City Stage and True to You productions debut.  He has been involved in theater for many years and is fresh off of directing 9 to 5 the musical for the Thalian Association.   Some of his favorite roles in the past include, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie. 

Noah Ayden

(Olinka child)

Noah Ayden is so excited to be making his first appearance in live theatre.  He has been a competitive dancer with A Leap Above for 2 years and loves being on stage!  Noah Ayden would like to thank Miss Brooklyne, Mrs. Michele, and Mrs. Stacey for their patience and guidance to the stage.  He is also thanking Justin and Mrs. Joy for this opportunity and God for the blessing of sharing this experience with his sister, Cameron, who has his heart.  Noah Ayden is the 5 year old son of Tiffany Brunson, Antonio Grady and Mr. and Mrs.  Simeon and Tiara Kitt.

Rashad Burns

(Harpo’s Buddy)

Rashad Burns was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and lived there until the age of nine after which he attended boarding school in the U.K. He obtained his high school diploma from Stonyhurst College with a focus on the performing arts. He was accepted into the National Youth Theater and attended University at Leeds Metropolitan enrolling into an Art, Events and Performance course.  Now he is currently enrolled at Cape Fear Community College pursuing an Associate degree in business and a minor in early childhood education as well as fine arts. He currently sings in an acapella group called ‘Port City TRIO’.

Justin Smith

(Director, Producer)

Justin Smith is the artistic director of City Stage and Carolina Theatre Group, LLC. Justin graduated with a BFA in Theatre from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. He has produced over 50 shows.  Favorite directing credits include RENT, Full Monty, Debbie Does Dallas The Musical, Wait Until Dark, Greater Tuna, Marvin’s Room and The Rocky Horror Show.Favorite acting roles include Petrucchio, Iago, Orsino, Frank-N-Furter, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and Norbert Garsteki in The Great American Trailer Park, the Musical.

Tiffany Batts

(Squeak)

She is very excited to be apart of a very talented cast. She is a native of Wilmington, NC and recently married to Jastin Batts. She is also a mother of 2 (Sharli 12 and Davin Jr 4) and very involved in the community and her church New Beginning Christian Church. Her credits include an apostle woman in Jesus Christ Superstar (Techmoje) and dynamite in Hairspray (Opera House). Theater has always been a dream love that in my older age is now a reality. A big thank you has to go out to my husband, children, mother (Evang. Earline Johnson) brother (Richard Johnson) and other family and friends for all of your help and support during this process! I love you all!

Chiaki Ito

(Music Director, Producer)

Chiaki is a graduate of NC School of the Arts, UNC-CH (BA), Univ. of Guam (M.Ed.) and USC (JD).  She practices law in New Hanover County and she has music directed over 70 shows.  Favorites include The Who’s Tommy, Hedwig, Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show and The Last 5 Years. She enjoys triathlons and spending time with her dog, Elvis.  For more information, please visit: www.chiakiito.com

David T. Loudermilk

(Choreographer)

David T. Loudermilk is thrilled to be back working with CityStage after directing and choreographing Songs for a New World (a show that was very close to his heart). Some of the recent shows he has worked on include: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Director/Choreographer, Cape Fear Academy), The Glass Mendacity (Director, Cape Fear Academy), Guys & Dolls (Director/Choreographer, TACT) and Hello, Dolly! (Ensemble, Opera House Theatre Co.). For more information visit www.davidtloudermilk.com. He would like to thank all of his friends and family for their constant support, and cannot wait to see what the future holds...mizpah.

The Color Purple


Directed by Justin Smith

Assistant Director: Joy Gregory

Music Directed by Chiaki Ito

Choreography by David T. Loudermilk


SHOW DATES:  October 24-28 and Nov 2-4


TICKETS: (910) 632-2285 or

www.thalianhall.org


ABOUT THE SHOW: THE COLOR PURPLE is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.


This musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story.


With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, THE COLOR PURPLE premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005. It was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.

Char Devine Allen

(African wife)

Char Devine Allen developed her performance skills as a graduate of Ashley High School under the love and care of Jennifer Sugerik.  She then graduated from Living Arts College with a degree in Digital Audio Production and Design. Currently a member of Anointed to Praise Choir at Ekklesia Church of Wilmington, Char sings soprano-esque praises to the glory of the Most High God at whatever chance she gets.  Char sings baritone with the Azalea Coast Chorus and is the "piratical maid of all work" for Pamoja!, a Funk/Jazz/R&B Band.  She would like to thank her parents Charlene and Sylvester Allen for all their love, encouragement, and (financial and spiritual) support!

Aliya Grayman

(Ensemble)

I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful production. This is my first time working with city stage, and I am very thankful for the opportunity. It feels great to meet new people with so much talent, and I will cherish every moment spent working with each and every one of them.

Angela Gray

(Odessa)

Angela Gray is new to the Wilmington area but not to the stage, and she feels truly blessed to be a part of The Color Purple with such loving and talented performers! Angela has been in several productions: Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Anything Goes, to name a few. She was awarded favorite actress of the year for her role as Nora/Web of Murder with the Waycross Area Community Theater (WACT). Angela would like to thank God, her loving husband, children, family, friends, and church for their steadfast love and support! A special thank you to Justin, Joy, Chiaki, and David for this amazing opportunity!

Sam Robinson

(Ensemble, African Chief)

Sam is truly honored to be working with the cast of the color purple. I'm a Wilmington native and graduated from Laney high. I have sung with the Cape Fear Chorale and worked with numerous talents in the Wilmington area.

Jordan Medley

(Ensemble)

Jordan is a graduate from Northwest School of the arts in Charlotte NC. He plans to attend college in the spring and focus on a degree in Dance performance and choreography as well as theater and voice. He is so excited to be apart of this Production of The Color Purple sharing his gifts with such a talented cast. He wants to thank God and his Best Friend and Family.

Clayton Riddley

(Ensemble)

Clayton is excited to join the cast of The Color Purple here in Wilmington. Traveling from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Clayton has been seen in such production as You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Hairspray, Rocky Horror Picture Show, White Christmas, and most recently Jesus Christ Superstar in various avenues. Clayton has had the pleasure to work with choreographers, actors, and musicians that have worked on Broadway. Clayton is currently enjoys teaching elementary music and hopes to give children the same joy that he has in all aspects of music.

Henry Gregory

(Olinka child)

Henry Gregory IV is happy to be on the stage again with his mommy. He first appeared on Thalian's stage as Colehouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime. Love to Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa, and all my family and friends.

Micah Wright

(Buster)

Micah is a gifted and accomplished musician who has the ability to play more than 10 instruments.  He is a minister who has served at some of the most progressive and fastest growing churches in America and has appeared on TBN and The World Network.  He is the senior pastor of Revolution Worship & Outreach in Wilmington, NC. For more information, visit micahwrightministries.com or revolutionwilmington.org.

Juwan Pickett

(Ensemble)

Juwan is originally from Kenansville, NC bu is now in Wilmington with the ambition to open a business here.  He feels truly blessed and honored to work with such a talented cast.  Juwan would like to thank Justin, Chiaki and Joy for the opportunity to be part of this show.  He would also like to thank his mother for supporting him along with his family and friends and ultimately, GOD!

Caliyah Raynor

(Olinka child)

Destiny Raynor

(Olinka child)


Donyell Lewis

(Olinka child)

Donyell Lewis, an 8th grader who attends Murray Middle School, is very active in her church and school. She enjoys playing the viola, cheer leading, and step dancing. She attends St. Andrew AMEZ church, where she is a member of the youth choir and praise dance team, as well as the reigning "Little Miss St. Andrew. She thanks God for all He has done for her.

Janya Neal

(Ensemble)


Jayla Jones

(Ensemble)


Zavianna Riley

(Olinka child)

Silivea Johnson

(Jarene)

Silivea Johnson is a songwriter, gospel recording artist, musician and producer/engineer.  Silivea is the founder of Out Of Bondage Records and SJ Productions and has worked with Tome Browne, Patti Labelle and Tamela Mann.  She has performed at Blues Alley and on BET-Jazz Central with Lou Rawls.  She made her theatrical debut in Minerva Production’s A...My Name is Alice in 1997 and has released 3 albums.  She currently tours with Damion Murril and Siloam as a soprano lead vocalist.  For more information, visit siliveaj.com.