One night only – DREAMGIRLS for kids!

20 Nov

The DASH Center for the Arts is opening Dreamgirls this Saturday, November 24, with a special performance for kids on November 23.

“In consideration of the families with children who would like to come out and support the DASH Center and its current production of Dreamgirls, we will be dedicating Friday, November 23 to the children,” said Director of Community Relations, Sheila Scott.

For this special event, DASH is producing a PG-rated version of the Tony-winning musical with all profanity removed from the script, but the same dazzling score. “Ticket prices will be pay-what-you-can, cash-only donation,” said Scott. Tickets must be purchased at the DASH Center (1504 Martin Luther King, Jr., Way in Tacoma) and are on sale through 6 pm Friday, November 23. The performance will be at Charles Wright Academy, LAPAC Theatre, 7723 Chambers Creek Road West.

One of “The Dreams” takes a break during rehearsal at a Spaceworks practice space.

Dreamgirls, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen, was a Broadway sensation when it debuted in 1981, earning 13 Tony nominations and winning six. Director/choreographer of the DASH production, Jimmy Shields, notes that it was a breakthrough for Broadway “with an all-black cast, all-black ensemble – it launched careers….I get goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s something that had never been done before.”

Dreamgirls is the story of a 1960s girl group, The Dreams, and their personal struggles and aspirations to reach the top in a turbulent social climate and a music industry where tastes change, sometimes ruthlessly. The original stage production, says Shields, differs from the movie version in having richer story lines – and bigger singing parts – for all of the main characters, as compared with the Hollywood version which played on a backstory based on a few Motown legends such as Berry Gordy and The Supremes.

“We’re trying to keep it as true to the original as possible,” he says.

DASH Executive Director, Candi Hall, adds, “Dreamgirls is a classic for our culture, for Broadway – it’s great.”

The DASH Center production of Dreamgirls is directed and choreographed by Jimmy Shields with assistance from Isiah Anderson, Jr.  Featuring Candi Hall as Deena Jones, Alexandria Henderson as Lorrell Robinson, Carmen Brantley-Payne as Effie White, and Angelica Barksdale as Michelle Morris, with Charles Simmons as Curtis Taylor, Jr.

Special showing for kids: Friday, November 23. Regular showtimes: November 24 – December 9; Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets: $20/adults, $15/under 21 available at DASH or at the door, day of show. Dreamgirls will be performed onstage at the LAPAC Theatre, Charles Wright Academy, 7723 Chambers Creek Road West.

 

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