EAST POINT, GA - The Tri Cities High School Visual & Performing Arts Magnet Program, (TCHS VPA) presents Alice Walker's "The Color Purple". Chosen as the first high school in the nation to perform the hit Broadway musical, which originally opened in December 2005, TCHS will run the show at the Viola Turner Theater.
Published in 1982, the epic tale presents the story of Celie, a Black woman in the South sold by her father into servitude to an abusive husband. Celie writes letters to God in which she tells about her life as a daughter, wife, sister, and mother. A revealing triumph of self discovery, the story spans over a period of forty years during which Celie meets a series of other Black women who help to shape her: Nettie, Celie's sister, who becomes a missionary teacher in West Africa; Shug Avery, a Blues singer her husband who she refers to as Mister, is in love with, and who becomes Celie's salvation; Sofia, the strong-willed daughter-in-law whose strength and courage inspire Celie; and Squeak, who goes through awakenings of her own.
The production will feature the combined talents of the nearly 100 students of Drama, Orchestra, Art, Band, Chorus, and Dance adding their own blend of rhythm, blues, and jazz to the Pulitzer Prize winning show. “We are absolutely elated at being chosen to have rights to bring a show of this magnitude to the community,” said Robert Conner, Director of Drama. The TCHS VPA has produced several Broadway shows such as West Side Story, Once on this Island, and Dream Girls. “Our students are honored to have the opportunity to perform in yet another major production.” said TCHS Magnet Director, Tony Loadholt.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $12.50 for groups of 10 or more that can be purchased at the school. Also, for your convenience adult tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, search word “The Color Purple”. For more information, please contact the Magnet Performing Arts Office at 404.669.8200 ext. 150. This production is recommended for audiences ages 13 and above, due to mature nature of the content.
March 22nd @ 7:30pm, March 23rd @ 7:30pm
Matinees: March 24th @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm and March 25th @ 5:00pm
March 28th @ 7:30pm, March 29th @ 7:30pm, and March 30th @ 7:30pm.
About Tri Cities High School Visual & Performing Arts Program
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the TCHS Visual & Performing Arts Program was launched in 1990. The program is designed for motivated students who possess an interest in the areas of music, visual arts, dance, drama, or television production. Gifted young artists receive highly specialized training in the arts while earning a high school diploma. The creation of the Magnet Program at Tri-Cities High School is one of the best efforts by any high school in the southeast to correlate an academic program with concentrated training in both the visual and performing arts.
Dan A. Sims, Principal | Tony Loadholt, VPA Magnet Director