Color Purple auditions rivaled American Idol and more

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The Color Purple

“Kevin Lee-Y Green is a charted success and an absolute mastermind poised for Broadway and beyond!”On Saturday July 14th, the Port City based Community Arts Center-Hannah Block Historic USO, (Wilmington, NC) held a second round of auditions for “The Color Purple.” Complete with a bevy of multi-talented entrants for every part from the famed “Shugg” to “Celie”, “Sophia” back to “Harpo” to “Mister” and all, from the award winning production. In the original production the key actors included; Oprah Winfrey as “Sophia”, Danny Glover as “Mister”, Whoopi Goldberg as “Celie” and Margaret Avery as “Shugg.”

It was indeed amazing to observe so many talented individuals who literally lined up outside of the venue and ultimately led to a packed house! All for the chance to sing, dance, act – or do all three for Mr. Green and his attentive staff. Kevin’s mom (Donna Joyner Green) stayed behind the scenes and only peeked inside the auditorium “maybe once?” Beaming with pride and eyes swelled with tears of joy, she and longtime friend Toni Melvin Whitaker (an adopted aunt of his) share noted progress of the day with each other in between the short breaks.

They came from near and far, filed into the venue, signed in, took a number and either went off to the side to practice their vocals alone or in small groups. Some of the dancers even cut a step here and there, warming up for when their number was called. All through the building you could hear the rattling of paper; note from the actors & actresses, nervously shuffling them as they tried to remember each line and the tone that the line should be delivered in!

A Momma Bear Hugs director Kevin Lee-Y Green

We over heard someone say “Wow! It is like being on the set of American Idol!” One thing is for sure “much hard work and dedication has been poured into this production and it is not all for show” a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation. Donna Joyner Green brought the rights to “The Color Purple” this production and has partnered with the Sickle Cell Foundation in loving memory of a deceased family member.

According to Wikipedia: “The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker that won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name.

Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on female black life in the 1930s in the southern United States, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.” Director Green and his cast performances will illustrate that description to the T and take it to a whole new level! Presented by Techmoja Dance & Theater Co. “The Color Purple” will run on October 27-28, 2012 at the Odell Williamson Auditorium Brunswick Community College Campus. In Bolivia, NC.

“Stay tuned as we’ll have announcements or reveal the final talent selections and more!”

For more information  contact Kevin Lee-Y Green at (910) 233-7343 or see: and

Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

About Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

Deborah A. Culp is a Freelance Journalist & Consultant with over 20 years of hard earned experience in the business. This includes Print & Broadcast Media. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she now lives in Wilmington, NC. She is a Correspondent to Divine Caroline, TPEPost News, The History of Jazz Music, and For ColoredGurls and formerly with the Wilmington Star News Online. Deborah recently became the Parent & Family Expert for the, Wilmington/Fayetteville, and NC. Still operating as a Freelance Writer/Photographer. She is working on her first book; “Then there was laughter” and has a few business endeavor irons in the fire. She is a staunch volunteer and loves her family & friends.