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DREAMGIRLS

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2006 (Updated November 16, 2006)

"Fame Comes and Goes - Stars Rise and Fall But Dreams Live Forever"

Press Contact: Charles D. Brooks III
Phone: 803-231-2151 / 803-252-8654
Email: Brooksc@benedict.edu

Columbia, SC - Benedict College Fine Arts Theater Ensemble will audition for DREAMGIRLS August 16, 17, and 18 from 7pm to 10pm, and August 23, 24, and 25 from 7pm to 10pm, at the David Swinton Student Center.  DREAMGIRLS Fall 2006 performance dates are Wednesday - Saturday, November 15 - 18, 2006 at 7:00pm and Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 3:00pm. Director Charles D. Brooks III brings this Broadway musical phenomenon to the local stage with Dr. Sean Daniels, chair of fine arts, musical conductor.

Auditions are open to students, faculty, and staff of Benedict College, as well as to the theater, dance, and music communities of metropolitan Columbia and surrounding counties. The audition call is for actors, actresses, singers, choreographers, and dancers. Opportunities are also available for interested lighting and sound design technicians, set designers, wardrobe/costume, makeup artists, property master, and crew.

DREAMGIRLS is a show about a time in American musical history when what is called rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound. Act One is set in the fabulous sixties - a time when we were still screaming at Elvis and listening to the Beatles, but were dancing to the new beat of countless girl and boy groups like the The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, and The Shirelles. DREAMGIRLS is not just about the singing and the dancing and the performing. The play is about the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry - the business part of show business that made possible this cultural phenomenon. Act Two shows the creation and the arrival of disco - though the word is never used in the script. The subject matter of this play deals with a musical contribution to America of such importance that only now-two decades later-are we beginning to understand. (Michael Bennett)

Awards:
(1981-82) Six Tony Awards for Book, Choreography, Lighting Design, Actor, Actress, and Featured Actor.
Best Female Performance, R&B (Jennifer Holliday-And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going) - Winner
Four Drama Desk Awards for Set Design, Lighting Design, Actress, and Featured Actor.

History:
DREAMGIRLS opened December 20, 1981 and played an amazing 1,521 performances in New York City's artistic Mecca, Broadway, at the Imperial Theater and again in 1987 the production was received for 177 performances at the Ambassador Theater starring an all star cast: Ben Harney, Jennifer Holliday (R&B chauntese), Loretta Devine (Waiting to Exhale), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Moesha).

Benedict College Fine Arts Theatre Ensemble of DREAMGIRLS musical show is produced by arrangement with, and the music and dialogue material furnished by TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022 in association with DreamWorks, LLC and its affiliates. DREAMGIRLS features music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyer, and it was originally directed by Michael Bennett, produced by Bennett, Bob Avian, and Geffen Records, and choreographed by Bennett and Michael Peters.

For further information about Benedict College's DREAMGIRLS production and auditions please contact Charles D. Brooks III at 803-231-2151/ 803-252-8654 or via email: Brooksc@benedict.edu

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