June 7-21, 2019

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner

Umstead Park UCC 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh 27617

 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

EVENTS DURING CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

June 7 @ 7:30 pm OPENING NIGHT! Advocate: The Carying Place

June 8th @ 7:30 pm ALL SEATS $21  Advocate: Haven House

June 9th @ 3:30 pm MATINEE (Matinees sell the quickest) Advocate: You Can Vote

June 14th @ 7:30 pm Performance. Advocate: Disabled American Veterans

June 15th @ 5:30 pm SEND A KID TO CAMP! 

June 16th @ 3:30 pm FREE CHILDCARE! (child must be potty trained. Reservations required).  FREE Audio Description for the visually impaired. Advocate: ChicTech

June 21st 7:30 pm Performance. Advocate: American Red Cross

June 22nd 2:00 pm Performance. Advocate: Urban Ministries

June 22nd 7:30 pm Performance Advocate: Little Raleigh Radio

June 23rd 3:30 pm FINAL PERFORMANCE. Advocate: Interfaith Food Shuttle.

THE CAST:

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 Leslie-Anne Ball

Stuart James Hale

Noah Andrew Farmer

Noah Understudy Ben Jones

Jackie Ricardo Razon

Joe Quinn Gray

“A Master Class in Musical Theater”

“A lyrical trip through its characters’ hearts and souls”

 FEATURING: Danielle J. Long as Caroline

Danielle, and equity actress, previously graced the stage with JTP during “Porgy and Bess”.

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