Tuesday, March 16, 2010

HU Presents Encore Performance of "A Love to Call My Own"

HU Presents Encore Performance of "A Love to Call My Own"

Special Performances feature Grammy-nominated artist Tank

Back by popular demand, the Hampton University Players proudly present an encore performance of “A Love to Call My Own,” the sequel to the nationally toured “Mama Dee’s Girls.” This unforgettable drama will be held March 26-28 and April 2-4 in Armstrong Hall’s Little Theater; with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $8 for senior citizens, children and students; and admission for HU students is free.

“This production is going to be over the top because we’re taking it to a whole new level, making more dynamic,” said writer Dr. Karen T. Ward (K.T. Price), chair of the HU Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “The enhanced script has additional songs offering a really diverse musical production this year. I think people will enjoy the new characters, the revolving turntable set and beautiful costumes.”

This production picks up ten years after we witnessed Lil Sis and Junior’s whirlwind career rise to the top in the music business only to watch her professional triumph plunge to personal turmoil in “Mama Dee’s Girls.” With Mama Dee gone, and Lil Sis vowing never to sing again, a grown up Mia must struggle to make the right decisions regarding her plans for a career in music, her dangerous boyfriend, and her relationship with her now separated parents. Throughout it all, Lil Sis stands by her daughter, loving her and trying to lead her on the right path.

On April 3 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., the HU Players welcome Grammy-nominated R&B artist Tank as a special guest for two select performances. He will portray himself, singing one of his top hits as well as a song written by Ward exclusively for the production. Tank has written for such artists as Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Aaliyah, Chris Brown and Omarion.

“This show has a strong, powerful message about living your dream but also knowing the consequences of your actions,” said Ward.

“A Love to Call My Own” is the sequel to “Mama Dee’s Girls,” which, in 2001, toured nationally to 22 cities with Jennifer Holliday, Ali Woodson, Shirley Murdock and Phillip Michael Thomas.

Costume design by assistant professor Bresean Jenkins and assistant professor C. Perry Otto will head scenic and light design.

For ticket information, please contact the HU Box Office at (757) 727-5236 or (757) 727-5402.

A Love to Call my Own Cast

"A Love to Call My Own"

Grammy-Nominated Artist Tank


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