June, 7-23, 2019 JTP's Main Stage season musical finale:
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner.
Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political change, social change... and pocket change.
Directed by Terra Hodge. Music Direction by Jackson Cooper. Choreography by Tristan Andre Parks
Caroline, or Change is a riveting, moving and awe-inspiring musical. Featuring a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie) it blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, creating a breathtaking medium for Kushner's provocative and personal story.
In 1963, the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, live in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline is drifting through life as a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship develops between the young Gellman son, Noah, and Caroline. Noah's stepmother, Rose, unable to give Caroline a raise, tells Caroline that she may keep the money that Noah leaves in his pockets. Caroline balks and refuses to take money from a child but her own children desperately need food, clothing and shoes. Inside the laundry room, Caroline receives musical advice and inspiration from her Washing Machine, Dryer, and Radio, while also receiving counsel from a Bus and The Moon. Outside of the laundry room, some of the greatest social advancements that the country has seen are being set in motion, and change is knocking on the door.
Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh 27617
Caroline Danielle J. Long
Dotty Kyma Lassiter
Radio Lauren Foster-Lee
Radio Germona Sharp
Radio Micaela Bundy
Washer Maria Barber
Bus Juan Isler
Dryer Taufiki Lee
Moon Joy Bryant
Grandma MJ Bridges
Grandpa Jim O'Brien
Mr. Stopnick Paul Wilson
Emmie Qualia Holder-Cozart
Emmie Understudy Alyssa Wise
Rose Sandi Sullivan
Stuart James Hale
Noah Andrew Farmer
Noah Understudy Ben Jones
Jackie Ricardo Razon
Joe Quinn Gray
Events during the shows:
Saturday, June 15th JTP’s 15th anniversary SEND A KID TO CAMP PARTY! $50 for season subscribers $75 general public 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Includes food, beverages, entertainment, on-line auction, and reserved seating for the 7:30 pm performance
Each summer JTP provides over $15,000 in tuition assistance during out five weeks of youth summer theater camps. We rely on YOU to help provide this vibrant, loving and life altering experience for children.
Sunday, June 16th: FREE childcare during the 3:30 pm matinee performance
FEATURING: Danielle J. Long as Caroline
Danielle, and equity actress, previously graced the stage with JTP during “Porgy and Bess”.