HAMPTON, Va. (September 20, 2019) – The Hampton Players & Company present "Ain’t Misbehavin" in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall on the campus of Hampton University on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, at 3 p.m.
A celebration of the music of legend Thomas “Fats” Waller, "Ain’t Misbehavin’" is infectious in its energy and charm. Featuring a live band and jam-packed with songs you already know and love, this musical is sure to dazzle as five outstanding triple-threat actors bring new life into the 1920s and -30s music scene for a modern audience with footstamping, finger snapping hit songs like “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “The Jitterbug Waltz,” and “Honeysuckle Rose.” This show will make you want to dance and sing along. You don’t want to miss this!
Mrs. Iris Goode-Middleton is the director and choreographer for “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Mrs. Goode-Middleton has been a performing arts instructor for over fifteen years. She attended and holds degrees from the City University of New York’s York College and Queens College where she dual majored in theatre arts and dance. She recently received the Master of Art degree in Theatre at Regent University. She has extensive performing arts training from many schools including: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Broadway Dance Center, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), Theatre and Dance Alliance (TADA!), and 92 Street Y’s Dance Educators Laboratory to name a few. She has worked as a teaching artist in New York City for many organizations including: Black Spectrum Theatre, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, New York City Police Athletic League, New York Urban League, Jackie Robinson Center for Physical Education, The Afterschool Corporation and The Partnership for Afterschool Education. Mrs. Goode-Middleton has worked as a choreographer on many productions. She has choreographed dance pieces for the dance department and the theatre department’s productions of the musicals “Sweeny Todd” and “The Wiz” for Carver School of the Arts. She did “Putnam County Spelling Bee” for Tri-Cities High School and University of West Georgia as well as “Rent” and “Bat Boy” for the University. She choreographed “For Colored Girls…” for the University of Georgia. She did dance sequences for two episodes of the first season of Lifetime television’s series “Drop Dead Diva.” She also did the choreography for Andre Benjamin of Outcast’s musical production of “Class of 3000” at the Alliance Theatre.
Dr. C. Perry Otto is the scenic and light designer for “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” This is his twenty-fifth season with the Hampton Players. He has designed sets and lights for numerous Players’ productions such as “Mistletoe Jam,” “Black Nativity,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Stick Fly,” “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “How I Learn To Drive,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Lion in Winter,” “Dearly Departed,” “The Bluest Eye,” “A Love To Call My Own,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Macbeth,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Grease,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “West Side Story,” “The Wiz,” “What Use Are Flowers?,” “Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery,” “The Disappearance,” “Sasha and the Magic Cookie Maker,” “Tartuffe,” “Mama Dee’s Girls,” “Shakuntala,” “Dracula,” “Black Pearls,” “The Amen Corner,” “Steal Away,” “The Piano Lesson,” “The Emperor Jones,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “40 Acres and A Mule (World Premiere),” “Once On This Island,” “One Mo’ Time” and “Equus.”
Ain’t Misbehavin’s versatile and talented cast includes Remington Abbot, Chelsea Balentine, Titus Dudley, Gregory Hembry, and Jada Stewart.
The Hampton Players and Company is a professionally run performing ensemble. The performers are not limited to the University stage, but have appeared on stages throughout the United States.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8:00PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 3:00 PM Matinee
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM Matinee
Tickets for "Ain’t Misbehavin’" can be purchased at the Hampton Players Box Office in Armstrong Hall or call 757-727-5236 or 757-727-5402. The Hampton Players Box Office accepts cash, credit/debit card, and personal checks made out to “The Hampton Players.”
General Admission: $12.00
Senior Citizens: $10.00
Children/Non-HU Students: $10.00
HU Students Free with ID