THE COLOR PURPLE is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.
This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story.
With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, THE COLOR PURPLE premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005. It was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.
THE COLOR PURPLE is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, THE COLOR PURPLE premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005. It was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.
THE COLOR PURPLE BASED UPON THE NOVEL WRITTEN BY ALICE WALKER AND THE WARNER BROS./AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT MOTION PICTURE
Book by MARSHA NORMAN
Music and Lyrics by BRENDA RUSSELL, ALLEE WILLIS AND STEPHEN BRAY
THE COLOR PURPLE was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Quincy Jones. The world premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia
CELIE (African-American, 20s-early 30s): Drives the story. Vulnerable, spirited, introverted, mischievous, seemingly passive but really not, has a deep, hard soul, believes that she is ugly, has a sense of humor which is sometimes wicked. She is an observer. Needs a great belt singing voice with lots of soul.
SHUG (African-American, 30s-40s): A popular singer, we meet her at death’s door. Attractive, confident, dynamic, powerful, irresistible, but has a frailty, like a wounded animal. Her vulnerability is shocking later on. She is loved by both Celie and Mister. Needs a knockout, Bessie Smith-style, bluesy singing voice.
MISTER (African-American, 30s-40s. Also known as ALBERT): Like Celie, a deep well. Handsome, big, masculine, strong presence, dominating, capable of brutal behavior but also a victim in his own way. Gets his power for free. Married to Celie, he abuses her. He is in love with Shug. He transforms to a kind man by the end of the story. Needs a great singing voice.
SOFIA (African-American, 30s): Powerful warrior woman. Physically bigger but beautiful. Comfortable being large, great sense of humor, touching, vulnerable. Married to Harpo, she does not let anyone mistreat her. Needs comic chops. Needs a great belt singing voice.
HARPO (African-American, 20s): Mister’s vulnerable, confused, good-hearted son. Represents the new generation. He marries the independent Sofia. He spends much time trying to get Sofia to obey him the way Celie obeys his father, but he is unsuccessful, as Sofia is considerably stronger than he is. Harpo eventually establishes a jukejoint in his first house and becomes Squeak’s lover. Later, he and Sofia reconcile. Through his love of Sofia, he learns how to love a woman. Needs a great tenor singing voice.
NETTIE (African-American, 20s): Celie’s younger sister. Attractive, adventuresome, feisty spirit, maternal, more educated and knowledgeable than Celie. She has a powerful bond with Celie. Forced by Mister to leave Celie, she starts a new life in Africa. Needs a great belt singing voice with African influence.
SQUEAK ( African-American, 20s): Harpo’s lover after Sofia leaves him. Although she is mistreated, she eventually undergoes a transformation, demanding to be called by her actual name, Mary Agnes, and starting a new life. She is of mixed ancestry. Attractive, sassy, fiery, strong-willed, unafraid to take anybody on, has a caring heart. Needs comic chops. Needs a great singing voice with belt and soprano capability.
ADULT SINGERS: Males and females, 20s – 50s, African-American. All types and singing ranges. Need fantastic singing voices and dynamic personalities. To play various roles in the ensemble The ensemble includes a trio known as Church Ladies, busybody types who are featured throughout the show.
And CHILD SINGERS (One African-American male 9 – 12 years old and three African-American females 9 – 12 years old. Need strong singing voices and dynamic personalities).
ENSEMBLE ROLES: YOUNG NETTIE, MISTER’S DAUGHTER, YOUNG CELIE, YOUNG OLIVIA, HENRIETTA – CHURCH SOLOIST/CHURCH LADY, DORIS – CHURCH LADY, DARLENE – CHURCH LADY, JARENE, DAISY, PREACHER, PRISON GUARD, PA, YOUNG HARPO, YOUNG ADAM, SQUEAK, OL’ MISTER, BUSTER, CHIEF, GRADY, BOBBY, OLDER OLIVIA, OLDER ADAM
Piano-Conductor (Keyboard 1)
Keyboard 2 (Keyboard, Shaker)
Reed 1 (Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute)
Reed 2 (Bari Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax)
Trumpet (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, Dobro, Harmonica)
Bass (Acoustic, Electric)
Drums (Drum Set, Tambourine, Triangle, Vibraphone, Cowbell, Shaker, Djembe, Rainstick, Ankle Bones, Xylophone, Mark Tree)
Costumes available for rent.
Actors Charitable Theatre – ACT Contact: Joey Lay, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Color Purple - Prop List
THE COLOR PURPLE: PROPS LIST Act 1 Baby (doll) pg. 8 Whip pg. 11 Rock pg. 19 Water & glass pg. 20 Clothes, Clothesline pg. 21 Mister’s hat pg. 22 School books pg. 23 Rocks pg. 25 Mailbox pg. 26 Lemonade pg. 28 Water glass pg. 29 Saws pg. 37 Hammers pg. 37 House door pg. 38 Letter pg. 39 Pants, shirt and tie pg. 42 Towel pg. 49 Comb pg. 50 Water in glass pg. 52 Letters pg. 69 Act 2 Letters pg. 70 Suitcase pg. 77 Cigarettes pg. 92 Table settings and table pg. 92 Tea pot and cups pg. 92 Hat pg. 92 Apron pg. 92 Cake pg. 92 Ham pg. 92 Chairs pg. 92 Knife pg. 95 Sideboard pg. 95 Field hands tools Pants pg. 102 Telephone pg. 104 Sewing machine pg. 104 Ladder pg. 105 Paint and brush pg. 105 Letter pg. 111 Chinese food pg. 113 Toolbox pg. 119 Food pg. 121 Picnic materials pg. 121 If you would like to add to this list, e-mail email@example.com
REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE TRACKS now available!
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