Plays on tap for King Celebration


The cast of “I Have A Dream” includes, front, from left, Desiree Salter, Rhonda Wilson and Malik Moore, and 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 5:21 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a son and family man will shine through in "I Have a Dream," a play being presented to the community beginning Saturday in conjunction with the 2012 King Celebration.

Facts

‘DREAM’

What: “I Have A Dream,” a gospel musical of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s life.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and Jan. 20-21 and 3 p.m. Jan. 15 and Jan. 22.

Where: The Actors Warehouse, 608 N. Main St.

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students in advance or at the door.

Information: Call 352-301-5823.

‘CINDERELLA’

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: Call 352-301-5823.

Also on tap during the 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. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. The play explores King's life as a teenager, a young adult and a civil rights hero.

Wilson said "I Have A Dream" looks at King's relationship with his father and his relationship with his wife, the late Coretta Scott King, from courtship to raising a family to the struggles for equal rights. Coretta Scott King was 78 when she died on Jan. 30, 2006. "I Have A Dream" is Wilson's adaptation of a very obscure play she said has never seen in Gainesville.

"‘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."

Presented by the Spirit of Soul Repertory Company and directed by Wilson, "I Have A Dream," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday and also Jan. 20-21 and 3 p.m. 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" will include 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.

Written and directed by Wilson, "Soulful Cinderella" is 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," Wilson said. "This play is fun for the entire family."

"Soulful Cinderella" will take place at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11, also at the Actors Warehouse. Tickets will be $5, also reserved in advance or 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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