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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Columbia, SC -- June 12, 2012 -- Benedict College Fine Arts Department Theatre Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Charles David Brooks, III, Professor of Theater, has acquired the license to stage The Color Purple, The Musical about Love. The play, based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, was adapted for the screen in 1985 under the direction of Steven Spielberg through Warner Bros. /Amblin Entertainment.

The Color PurpleStarting July 2, 2012, all interested parties, which include light, sound, set, and scenery designers, costumers, vocal coaches, musical directors, choreographers, and graphic designers, can submit bios, résumés, portfolios, sketches, etc. to: Mr. Brooks, Benedict College, Fine Arts Department, 1600 Harden Street, Suite 303, Columbia, South Carolina, 29204-1025. Telephone 803-705-4358, 803-705-4789, or 803-705-4711. Fax information to 803-705-6599 or email brooksc@benedict.edu.

Open Call for actors, actresses, and dancers to submit a bio and a photo starts July 9, 2012. Auditions will begin July 19-20 2012 from 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. in the Ponder Humanities and Fine Arts Center Theater, on the campus of Benedict College.

The world premiere of the on-stage musical was produced by the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004, making its way to Broadway at the Broadway Theater by producers, Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Quincy Jones. The music with the sounds and rhythms of blues, gospel, and jazz comes from the creative spirit of pop songwriters Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

For more information on this production, please contact: Mr. Charles D. Brooks at 803-705-4358 or email brooksc@benedict.edu.

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