LIMA — Regina Taylor’s “Crowns: A Gospel Musical” is coming to Lima for three shows at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
The play depicts the evolution of Gospel music from its African roots to today’s rap and spoken word expressions.
“This is a show I’ve been wanting to do for about five years and it’s all about the stories that women wear through their hats and the whole idea of adorning one’s head and giving a flair of what you believe through your wear is kind of an African tradition type thing and it’s one that continues on today,” said Vickie Shurelds, director, choreographer, co-producer of “Crowns.”
A local cast of actors is featured, many with little to no experience on stage acting, but all with powerful voices.
“The people are so rich and generous and talented, it’s incredible,” said Shurelds.
Jaimie Lewis is excited about performing the play.
“There is a lot of talent in Lima that goes unnoticed, and I think that’s just because there are not enough productions that some people want to see and that people want to come out for and audition for. We need a little more variety, and I’ve talked with some of the board members from Octopus Productions, and they have asked me, ‘In what ways can we meld the different cultures here within Lima and bring different diverse cultures to shows to audition for them, to come see them?’ And I said first, by involving those people in productions and putting on productions that are familiar and set a tone that’s very familiar to them,” said Lewis, one of the actors in “Crowns.”
Cast members include Lewis, Hope White, Karrie Lester, Cossandra Carder, Joshua Gooding, Cathy Munday and Clairine Godsey.
“Crowns: A Gospel Musical” will run at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, and 17 in the North Exhibit Hall at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
The cost for the show is $15 a person, or $25 for the VIP meet and greet.
You can buy tickets by calling 419-792-9308.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.