Two musicals surround 2012 King Celebration

The cast of “I Have A Dream” includes, front from left, Desiree Salter, Rhonda Wilson and Malik Moore. Back from left: Bradley Small, Howard Anderson, Alison Robbins, Alayna Jones, Anquetta Carr, Bob Woods and Brenadette Harper. (AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian)

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:43 a.m.

Family relations are at the center of two plays coming to The Actors Warehouse.


If you go

What: “I Have A Dream,” a gospel musical of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s life.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 20-21; 3 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 22.
Where: The Actors Warehouse, 608 N. Main St.
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students in advance or at the door.
Information: 301-5823.
What: “Soulful Cinderella,” a children’s musical for the entire family.
When: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11.
Where: The Actors Warehouse, 608 N. Main St.
Tickets: $5 in advance and at the door.
Information: 301-5823

The story of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a son and family man will shine through in “I Have a Dream,” a play that opens Saturday in conjunction with the 2012 King Celebration.

Also on tap during the 2012 King festivities is “Soulful Cinderella,” a children’s musical for the entire family by the Star Center Children’s Theatre. Both plays will take place at The Actors Warehouse at 608 N. Main St.

“‘I Have A Dream’ takes a closer look at the events that molded King’s legacy,” said Rhonda Wilson, artistic director and founder of The Actors Warehouse and the Star Center Children’s Theatre.

The play explores King’s life as a teenager, a young adult and a civil rights hero. Special attention is payed to King’s relationship with his father, Martin Luther King Sr., a Baptist missionary, an early civil rights leader and advocate for equal justice.

“I Have A Dream,” which is Wilson’s adaptation of an unauthored two-character play she discovered while doing research, also delves into his relationship with his wife, the late Coretta Scott King, from courtship to raising a family to the struggles for equal rights.

“‘I Have A Dream’” shows both sides of King’s personality,” Wilson said, “The man in love with his wife and the hero of the civil rights movement.”

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. Coretta Scott King was 78 when she died on Jan. 30, 2006.

Presented by the Spirit of Soul Repertory Company and directed by Wilson, “I Have A Dream” performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 20-21; and 3 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 22.

Tickets for “I Have A Dream” are $10 for adults and $8 for students reserved in advance by calling 352-301-5823 or at the door.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Academic Scholarship Fund at Gainesville Church of God By Faith located in southeast Gainesville.

The cast of “Dream” includes Brenadette Harper, Bob Woods, Kip Hayes, Nedra Robinson, Bradley Small, Kirk Scott, Howard Anderson, Desiree Salter, Alison Robbins, Deidra Ware, Chester Ross, Alayna Jones, Anquetta Carr and Malik Moore, all of Gainesville.

For family viewing, Wilson has written and directs “Soulful Cinderella,” Wilson’s adaptation of “Cinderella,” the classic fairytale about an orphan girl who is badly treated by her stepmother and her stepsisters.

Wilson said her Cinderella is a gospel singer living with an evil aunt and her mean cousins.

“This is Cinderella with a twist,” she said. “This play is fun for the entire family.”

“Soulful Cinderella” performances are 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11, also at the Actors Warehouse. Tickets are $5, and can be reserved in advance or purchased at the door.

The Spirit of Soul Repertory Company is the adult company of The Actor’s Warehouse and the Star Center Children’s Theatre is the children’s company.

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