Art Centre Theatre presents:
DREAMGIRLS by Tom Eyen
Dreamgirls is the story of three black singers - Deena, Lorrell, and Effie who began as a group called the Dreamettes. They start as three talented, close friends and gradually sharpen their act and rename themselves "The Dreams". Little do they know of the hard, competitive world of show business. Directed by ACT’s Sydeny Cornelius, this ethnically diverse making it bog musical is the second in the Art Centre Theatre’s 2017 Season which features more than 72 productions slated for this year.
The show begins when the girls enter a talent show held in New York's Apollo Theatre. Disappointed in their failure to win the contest, they attract the attention of a sly tongued talent agent named Curtis Taylor, Jr. Curtis' connections get the girls hired as a backup act to James Thunder Early, a rising pop singing star. They go on tour and are widely acclaimed. At first Curtis falls in love with Effie, the full-figured lead singer who seems to spark the act. Later, in an attempt to make the act more sultry, he moves Deena into Effie's lead spot. But when Curtis' love interest also switches to Deena, Effie erupts in a rage, prompted more by hurt than the loss of her singing slot, and announces that she is not going along anymore. Michelle replaces Effie, and the Dreams go on to achieve international stardom and a string of chart-topping hits. But life on top is rocky. Lorrell has long since taken up with James Early, but he is married and refuses to make the break from his wife. His nightclub act has also been slipping and his stardom fading. Deena wants to leave the group to try the movies. Just as the Dreams are falling apart Effie's star is rising as a solo. Curtis tries to undermine her revitalised career by having the Dreams record her current hit song. But Effie outmanoeuvres him for both a personal and a professional triumph. It is announced that the Dreams will disband. However, Effie joins them for the farewell performance . . . before the four Dreamgirls go their separate ways
‘In order to further and preserve the spirit of this production, ACT is offering a musical review of local talent prior to the show each night – tickets for this will be available at the door.” – Jamey Jamison ACT Executive Director. “Preshow talent includes – Brandi Giles (Songs featuring American Sign Language), “Dreamgirls” Director Sydeny Cornelius (singing), Nnamdi Ibegbu (Saxaphone), Liam Taylor (singing), Kevin Solis (singing). The evening should prove to be a festival for the ears.”
"This show goes beyond the music. A majority of my generation looks at Dreamgirls as a good movie, unaware of how groundbreaking this piece of work truly was when it opened on Broadway." – Darren McElroy (Curtis)
“I would like to say that it is been a pleasure working along side Sydney and the cast, the experience is one i will take with me in my future endeavors. “ - Quincy Jones (Marty)
Dreamgirls runs January 20 through Feb 5 with evening shows on Fridays at 7:30 & Saturdays at 8:30 and Sunday shows at 3:30 – call the box office for matinee times and prices. Tickets range in price from $5 - $20 and can be purchased on-line at www.artcentretheatre.com, directly from cast members, at the door or from the box office by calling 214-810-3228. For a complete schedule and full details visit artcentretheatre.com. The Art Centre Theatre is located at 5220 Village Creek Drive, Plano, 75093. For press passes, please contact Jamey Jamison @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art Centre Theatre, strives to offer a full range of professional theatre. Selected works will include classic, contemporary and new plays that audiences will find entertaining as well as thought provoking. Involvement from the community will cross all demographic lines to include educational programs and community service projects. The Theatre is located at 5220 Village Creek Dr. Plano, Texas 75093 – 214-810-3228. For further information, please visit our website www.artcentretheatre.com
Pictured: (left to right) Rachel Herbert (Effie White), Darren McElroy (Curtis Taylor Jr), Brielle Richardson (Denna White), Bennie Adkins (James “Thunder” Early), Kandice Downer (Lorrell Robinson)
Executive Director Art Centre Theatre Plano
5220 Village Creek Drive
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