Haynes conducts music for ‘The Color Purple’ production | Lifestyles

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Roland Haynes of South Carolina State University is the musical director of The Workshop Theater’s adaptation of the musical “The Color Purple” in Colombia.

The Workshop Theater will present the production on stage from January 21 to February 5, 2022 at the Cottingham Theater at Columbia College.

This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated 1985 film spotlights Celie, an oppressed young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of the story.

For Haynes, production manager and music lab coordinator/instructor for SC State’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the production represents his second time working on “The Color Purple” as music director. The premiere was in 2013 when The Workshop Theater had a run with 21 sold-out performances.

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“My responsibilities as Music Director include working with the Senior Director to audition and select performers, direct all musical rehearsals, coordinate and hire the six-piece band, and create any special music or arrangements for the show as requested, Haynes mentioned.

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Director Jocelyn Sanders guides a talented ensemble through the decades – from Georgia to Africa and back again. As musical director, Haynes weaves these voices around a score that includes jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, while choreographer Crystal Aldamuy matches the music step by step.

Haynes is also the show’s band keyboardist, while Ryan Fox, another instructor in the Visual and Performing Arts Music Unit, plays woodwinds in the band.

The revival version of “The Color Purple” still features the beloved songs and powerful story of the original, but puts the characters and their stories front and center. This adaptation won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

General admission ticket sales began for Workshop Theater members on January 5 and for the general public on January 6. Tickets can be purchased online at workshoptheatre.com or by calling the box office at 803-799-6551 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. . On weekends, the ticket office opens two hours before the start of the show. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show.

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January 21-22, 27-29 at 8 p.m.

January 23 and January 30 at 3 p.m.

Adults – $25 Seniors – $22

Military – $22 Students – $18

Children 12 and under – $14

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