Friday, May 30, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic MainStage Season – Crowns

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The fourth production of the 2007-2008 Civic MainStage season was Crowns by Regina Taylor, co-produced with Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center. The shows ran April 4-6, 2008, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. William P. Caise was the director, Twana Harris was the music director, Tamara Ammon-Jones was the choreographer, Lynie Stepp was the stage manager and Sally Carter was the producer.

Crowns tells the story of an African-American girl who is sent to live with her grandmother after a family tragedy. Her grandmother and other African-American women tell the girl about the importance of church hats in their lives and culture.

The cast of Crowns was:

Mother Shaw – Twana Harris
Mabel – Roxie McKee
Velma – Ashley Vance
Wanda* – Juanita Crider
Wanda* – Kim Montgomery
Jeanette – Crystal Jennings
Yolanda – Chelsea Hayes
Man – Jos Holman
Chorus – Kirby Shea Fenton, Sheena R. Mitchell, Keeanna Jessica Marie Reid, Danielle J. Roberts, Calvin Stone, Demetrius Lamont Warren

* Juanita Crider played Wanda on the April 4 and April 6 performances. Kim Montgomery played Wanda on the April 3 and April 5 performances.

The orchestra of Crowns included:

Conductor/Keyboard – Rick Russell
Bass Guitar/Djembo – William Obeng-Darko

The production team and crew of Crowns included:

Lighting Designer – Steven Koehler
Set Designer – Tabitha Gutshall
Costume Designer – Marylin Howland
Sound Designer – Kris Kazmierczak
Properties – Karen Tislow
Scenic and Hat Decorator – Anita Weston
Backstage Manager – Janet Mauck
Props Crew – Teresa Duncan
Costume Crew – Anita Weston, Karen Tislow
Construction Crew – Dan Becker, Sally Carter, Steven Koehler, Dave Lahr
Painter – Nancy Marshall
Light Board Operator – Harry Brown
Sound Board Operator – Kris Kazmierczak
Photographer -- Kris Kazmierczak

What are your memories of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s and Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center’s co-production of Crowns? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

1 comment:

Steven Koehler said...

The publicity generated by the massive collaborations involved was amazing. It was a shame that we were unable to run longer, as ticket sales were a little lower than hoped.

However we were thrilled with the cooperation among several groups, and the general buzz around the community. I truly think that this will become more of the rule in how we approach shows, collaboration is the key.