Tony Loadholt, the show’s producer, said more than two decades of theatrical productions have built “a true following” of subscribers to the visual and performing arts magnet program, which was recognized by the Georgia Senate in 2001.
“Our audiences have been faithful for the past several years and we have had to extend our show dates to accommodate our theater audiences,” he said. “Most know that they will be amazed by what they are seeing, making statements like, ‘Are you sure these are high school students?’ or, ‘This is better than the traveling shows at the Fox and Civic Center.’”
Show director Robert John Connor said this is not the school’s first “Dreamgirls.”
“This show has been done over 15 years ago and those students have gone on to TV, film and Broadway, some receiving a Tony Award for their theatrical efforts,” he said. “This new group of students really wants to show the ‘Dreamgirls’ alumni they have what it takes to be successful like their predecessors.”
Connor said the show, which portrays the triumphs and tribulations possible in the music industry, is a kind of reality check for aspiring actors and a benchmark by which they can measure themselves.
“The whole ‘Dreamgirls’ show and the setting surrounding the talent of the time is almost like a reality setting for these students who will excel just like the alums from days gone by,” he said. “These students will continue the legacy.”
Mya Marie Yorke, who plays Deena Jones, a member of a 1960s girl singing group inspired by the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes, said the role set the bar for her theatrically.
“‘Dreamgirls’ has shown me how much I need to grow as a performer from strengthening my voice to even rehearsing the little details and aspects the show requires,” she said. “Acting the role of Deena was a hard role for me mostly because the vocals were a lot higher than my range at the moment, but I worked every day to get my voice where it needed to be. I had to live up to the role I was given and own the stage.”
If you go:
When: Thursday through Sunday
Where: Tri-Cities High School, 2757 Harris St., East Point 30344
Cost: $10 to $15
Information: (404) 669-8010 or www.brownpapertickets.com