By Katlyn Shaw '15
Catawba College's theatre production of Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls who have considered suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf" will be student directed. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, through Saturday, October 26 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
The production is a choreopoem about self-identity and liberation involving five women uniquely bonded together by tragedy, pain, and female empowerment. Each woman is represented by a color of the rainbow, and not only do the characters' colors represent their individual struggles, but they also symbolize their unity. Senior Theatre Arts major, Ashley Noelle Jackson of University Place/Tacoma, Wash., will direct the production.
The five-women cast includes senior TyNia Brandon of Charlotte, as Lady in Red; sophomores Caitlin Billings of High Point as Lady in Green and Melissa Tarduno of Indian Trail as Lady in Yellow; and freshmen Cheyenne Hicks of Asheboro as Lady in Brown and Tabitha Bass of Mebane as Lady in Blue.
The crew and designers for the show include senior Jonathan "Gyo" Gamble of Concord, lighting designer; juniors Ashley O'Donnell of Rehoboth Beach, Del., stage manager, and Shannon O'Donnell of Tampa, Fla., costume designer; and sophomore Cody Mangum of Concord, assistant stage manager.
Tickets to "For Colored Girls who have considered suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf" are $3 for students $4 for adults and can be purchased online at www.catawba.edu/theatretix or at the box office on show nights. For more details, call the box office at (704) 637-4481.