Hampton University
HU Players and Company Debut Professor's Musical
03/10/2009 - #46

Hampton, VA - Mama Dee's family returns when the Hampton University Players and Company proudly present "A Love to Call My Own," the sequel to the nationally toured "Mama Dee's Girls." With story, music and lyrics written by Dr. Karen T. Ward (K.T. Price), chair of the HU Department of Fine and Performing Arts, this musical production holds a special place in the hearts of the Hampton Players.

This unforgettable drama will be held March 20-22 and 27-29 in Armstrong Hall's Little Theatre at HU. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee opens at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, children and students; and admission for HU students is free.

Ten years have passed since we witnessed Lil Sis and Junior's whirlwind career rise to the top in the music business only to watch her professional triumph plunge to personal turmoil in "Mama Dee's Girls." Now Lil Sis, Junior, Mia and a whole new cast of characters carry on the story.

With Mama Dee gone, and Lil Sis vowing never to sing again, a grown up Mia must struggle to make the right decisions regarding her plans for a career in music, her dangerous boyfriend, and her relationship with her now separated parents. Throughout it all, Lil Sis stands by her daughter, loving her and trying to lead her on the right path. This dazzling mixture of R & B and gospel music takes the audience on an emotional journey through the crises of life in the 21st century.

"A Love to Call My Own" is the sequel to "Mama Dee's Girls," which, in 2001, toured nationally to 22 cities with Jennifer Holliday, Ali Woodson, Shirley Murdock and Phillip Michael Thomas.

The five piece R&B band for "A Love To Call My Own" will feature some of your favorite local musicians including James W. Braxton, Luther M. Chambers, Jr., Taris Claitt, Jai-Keith Henderson and Christopher V. Pennant.

Ward will also serve as stage director for "A Love to Call My Own." She has enjoyed 24 years as producer and director for The Hampton Players' productions including "The Wiz," "Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery," and "The Little Shop of Horrors."

Costume design by Bresean Jenkins, assistant professor of theatre, and C. Perry Otto, assistant professor of speech and theater, will head scenic and light design.

For ticket information, please contact the HU Box Office at (757) 727-5236 or (757) 727-5402.


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