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By Regina Taylor Directed by Anthony Bean Choreographed by Arieuna McGee
New Orleans, LA. May 22, 2009
The Anthony Bean Community Theater presents an encore production of the
musical, Crowns by Regina Taylor. It made its Louisiana premiere at ABCT in 2004. Crowns is directed by
Anthony Bean. Musical director is organist, songwriter, producer and arranger Joel Britton. Currently, Britton serves as
the Musical Director of BETs nationally syndicated television show Sunday Best. The show is choreographed by Kesha McKey.
Kesha has choreographed for both stage and film. Special Note: There will be a Special Gala Premier Performance of CROWNS. Thursday, June 4, 2009.
Reception begins at 6:00 pm. Music by: The Cabiran Jazz Quartet. Food and drinks provided and performance begins at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are $40.00 per person. All proceeds will aid ABCT and its youth programs.
To RSVP, call Sheryl Williams at 504-569-2481.
Crowns is a moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history
and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her grandmother after
her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning
everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social use. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting
to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the
New Testament and current fashion. Some rap but predominantly gospel music and dance underscore and support the narratives.
The conclusion finds the standoffish young woman, whose cultural identity as a young black Brooklyn woman has been so at odds
with the more traditional and older Southern blacks, embracing hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent
The company includes veteran actress and an original cast member of Crowns, Pat McGuire Hill, in the lead role as Mother Shaw. Pat is a 40 year veteran of New Orleans stages, and she was a founding member of the fabled Dashiki Theatre. She has received Big Easy nominations for Best Actress and won an Ambie for the same. Playing Yolanda will be Leah Rouege, one the students who grew up on ABCTs Stage. Donna King, another original member of Crowns, reprises her role as Jeanette. Loretta Petit, who is AM940 WYLD Program Director, will portray the role of Mabel. Sandra Butler-Navarre portrays Wanda, Sybil Williams portrays Velma and veteran actor, Ed Bishop, portrays many male roles.Starring
Pat McGuire Hill and Gail Glapion
The Cast of 'Crowns'
(L) Sandra Butler Navarre & Leah Rouege in 'Crowns'
Sandra Butler Navarre as Wanda
Donna King, Pat McGuire Hill and Leah Rouege
Ed Bishop and Donna King
Pat McGuire Hill and Leah Rouege
Loretta Petit as Mabel
Pat McGuire Hill as Mother Shaw
Sybil Williams as Velma
Leah Rouege as Yolanda
Ed Bishop as Man
Donna King as Jeanette