The Color Purple
An unforgettable story of hope and the healing power of love.
The Color Purple is an uplifting triumph of the human spirit over prejudice and adversity. This Tony and Grammy-winning musical features a joyous mix of jazz, ragtime, rhythm and blues, and gospel, presented by an all-star cast of Canadian actors.
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Based on the novel written by ALICE WALKER and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture
Book by MARSHA NORMAN
Music & Lyrics by BRENDA RUSSELL, ALLEE WILLIS, and STEPHEN BRAY
Director KIMBERLEY RAMPERSAD
Music Director FLOYDD RICKETTS
Set Designer BRIAN PERCHALUK
Costume Designer MING WONG
Lighting Designer HUGH CONACHER
Sound Designer PETER McBOYLE
Assistant Director PATRICIA DARBASIE
In Association with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Exquisite! A joyous celebration of storytelling.
The Color Purple is a musical that still deserves to be seen, and heard.
Cast & Creative Team
- RYAN ALLENMISTER×RYAN ALLENMISTER
Ryan is excited to be in the city of Edmonton making his Citadel debut. Selected Theatre: Book of Mormon (Broadway), Twelfth Night (Theatre Calgary), Sousatzka (Teatro Proscenium Ltd.), Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud), Metamorphoses (National Arts Centre), What Brought Us Here (Calgary Opera), Feelgood (Theatre New Brunswick), Master Harold and the Boys (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Selected Film and TV: Between (Netflix), 21Thunder, Frankie Drake, Rex, Working Moms (CBC), Taken (NBC), Rogue (DirecTV), Blue Mountain State (Spike TV), Orphan Black (BBC America).
- ANDREW BRODERICKHARPO×ANDREW BRODERICKHARPO
Andrew is thrilled to be returning to the Citadel (last seen in Hadestown); and is honoured help tell this important story. Selected credits: Sweeney Todd, Peter and the Starcatcher (Shaw Festival), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Stratford Festival), Hairspray (Charlottetown Festival/Drayton Entertainment/Rainbow Stage), Dreamgirls (The Grand Theatre). Andrew thanks the beautiful creative team, cast, and crew; agents at The Talent House; and loved ones who are constant reminders to “return home.”
- KAREN BURTHWRIGHTSHUG×KAREN BURTHWRIGHTSHUG
Favorite credits include: Shug Avery in The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre), Paradise Square (Berkeley Reparatory Theatre), Obeah Opera (Panamania 2015), and Fall (Dance North 2018 - Fleck Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Broadway Revival/Stratford/La Jolla Playhouse), Play Like A Winner (NYMF 2017), Disenchanted (Westside Theatre), Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, and Mamma Mia! (Toronto/1st National Tours), Woman 2 in I Love You...Now Change (George Street Playhouse), Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Café (FST), Nickie in Sweet Charity (Writers’ Theatre), Ragtime, Hot Mikado, and Aida (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Rocky Horror (CanStage/MTC). karenburthwright.com
- DAVID COMRIEPreacher/Ol' Mister×DAVID COMRIEPreacher/Ol' Mister
International: He was last seen as Mufasa in the musical The Lion King. Regional: Motown Gold, 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Grease, Les Miserables. Film/TV: Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) Netflix. David is excited to be back on the Canadian stage after living abroad for the past eight years. When not performing, David is a writer, and is currently working on his first book. Immense gratitude to my family, Maxime, and the cast and creative team of The Color Purple. @iamdavidcomrie
- JANELLE COOPERSOFIA×JANELLE COOPERSOFIA
Janelle Cooper is an actor, writer, and director. THEATRE: Canadian Premiere of The Color Purple (Neptune); Twelfth Night, I Am For You, Adventures of a Black Girl (NAC); World Premiere of Sousatzka The Musical (Teatro); Waiting For The Parade, Charlotte's Web, Penelopiad (ATP); World Premiere of John Ware Reimagined, Canadian Premiere of Ruined, Vagina Monologues (ETC). FILM/TV: John Ware Reclaimed (NFB); High Noon (Lifetime); Snow 2: Brain Freeze (ABC). Janelle is a 2019 Finalist for the Gina Wilkinson Emerging Directors Prize.
- ALLISON EDWARDS-CREWENETTIE×ALLISON EDWARDS-CREWENETTIE
Beauty and the Beast, All Shook Up (The Globe Theatre), School Girls (Obsidian & Nightwood Theatre); Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre), Da’ Kink in My Hair (Theatre Calgary, National Arts Centre); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre); All Shook Up (Stage West Theatre); Hairspray (Rainbow Stage); Dreamgirls (The Grand Theatre). Thanks to Kimberley, Floydd and the whole Citadel team for this amazing experience. Love to my family, friends and Monika for their ENDLESS support.
- OMAR FORRESTADAM/MOVEMENT CAPTAIN×OMAR FORRESTADAM/MOVEMENT CAPTAIN
A Regina native, Omar is ecstatic to make his Citadel and RMTC debuts with the cast of The Color Purple. He recently closed the Drayton Entertainment production of 12 Angry Men in Ontario. Last winter, he was proud to be a part of the extremely successful production of The Hockey Sweater at the National Arts Centre. Omar is also very grateful to have performed in The Lion King and The Lord of the Rings with Mirvish Productions.
- TARA JACKSONCELIE×TARA JACKSONCELIE
Born and raised in Calgary, she began singing at the age of 3 and has had a passion for it ever since. An honours graduate of Berklee College of Music, Tara has filled the past few years with theatre performances. Select credits include: The Color Purple (Neptune), Hadestown (Citadel), Soul Sistas (Mayfield), Brave Girl (Lunchbox). Much love to my husband Steven, my family, and my friends. You are about to witness #blackcellence at its finest. Enjoy the show! @taraatee
- JESSE LIPSCOMBEBUSTER×JESSE LIPSCOMBEBUSTER
Jesse Lipscombe is an actor, producer and activist passionate about art and all things Edmonton. With over two decades of film and TV experience, he became the first black male to receive the Best Actor award (AMPIA/ROSIES) for a feature film in It's Not My Fault And I Don't Care Anyway. He wouldn't be able to do what he loves without his family's support; so shout-outs to Indiana, Tripp, Chile, Shannon and his wife Julia.
- MICHAEL-LAMONT LYTLEPA×MICHAEL-LAMONT LYTLEPA
Michael-Lamont Lytle is proud to be making his Citadel/RMTC debut in this production of The Color Purple. Since moving to Canada from Ohio, Michael-Lamont has had the honor of performing with everyone from Celine Dion to Cirque du Soleil. Michael-Lamont was an original Canadian cast member of both Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and the original French-Canadian cast of Chicago. Michael-Lamont dedicates this and all future performances to his husband D’Arcy and his mother Barbara.
- MASINI McDERMOTTCHURCH LADY DARLENE×MASINI McDERMOTTCHURCH LADY DARLENE
Summerland, The Fence and True North Mixtape (Toronto Fringe Festival). Believe, Aladdin and Wishes (Disney Cruise Line). The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre). Awards: Nominated Best Actress in a Theatre Performance - 2012 Broadway World Toronto Regional Awards. Masini is a graduate of the Hospitality and Leisure Program at George Brown College, and studied Musical Theatre at both Wexford School of the Arts and Sheridan College. Thank you to my mother Andria for loving and supporting me, my family, and friends! God bless.
- JAMEELA McNEILOLIVIA×JAMEELA McNEILOLIVIA
Jameela is thrilled to be making her Citadel debut, working alongside a terrific cast, crew, and creative team. She is an Edmonton-based artist and a proud graduate of the MacEwan Theatre Arts program. Select credits include: Sister Act, All Shook Up, Soul Sistas (Mayfield), John Ware Reimagined (Workshop West), and A Christmas Carol (Carter-Ryan). Love to Mom, Dad, and the Fam. Thank you for your unwavering support. Enjoy the show!
- MAIKO MUNROECHURCH LADY JARENE×MAIKO MUNROECHURCH LADY JARENE
Maiko recently played the role of Emma Jones in Strike! The Musical at Rainbow Stage. Other roles she has previously played include Mimi in Rent, as well as B.J. in Smokey Joe’s Café. She writes and produces original music in Toronto, where she currently resides, and is the recipient of two Western Canadian Music Awards. In her teens, she was a member of platinum award winning pop/R&B group, Sugar Jones.
- SARAH NAIRNECHURCH LADY DORIS×SARAH NAIRNECHURCH LADY DORIS
Theatre: Church Lady/Ensemble in The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre), Mrs. Hubbard, Judge, and The Machine in ALECK BELL! A Canadian Pop-Rock Musical (Tweed & Co.), Fairy Godmother in Cinderella the Panto (Drayton Entertainment), Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable (Lost and Found Theatre), Dragon in Shrek the Musical, Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical, Dynamite in Hairspray (KWMP) Sarah’s Friend in Ragtime the Musical (TCP) and Dionne in Hair (KWLT). So grateful for the opportunity! WTG.
- AMBER TOMLINSQUEAK×AMBER TOMLINSQUEAK
Amber is thrilled to be a part of The Color Purple Cast. Credits include: “Maria” West Side Story, “Antonia” Man of La Mancha, “Women 2” You’ll Get Used To It!...The War Show, “Portia White” Portia, “Sarah” Ragtime, “Kini” The Key, “Joann” Godspell, “Soloist” Starbright Christmas. Opera: Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Turandot, Norma, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Tosca, Nabucco, La Sonnambula, Margaret Garner, Porgy and Bess. Thanks to Mike, Dad, Mom and Shantelle, your support means so much. To God be the glory! www.ambertomlin.com
- TENAJ WILLIAMSGRADY/FIGHT CAPTAIN×TENAJ WILLIAMSGRADY/FIGHT CAPTAIN
Tenaj is very excited to be a part of telling this important and beautiful story.
CITADEL THEATRE: Debut. OTHER THEATRE: The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre); Touch Me: Songs for a (Dis) Connected Age, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Charlottes Web (ATP); King Lear, Macbeth (Shakespeare Company); Naughty But Nice, The Paperbag Princess: A Musical (Forte); Sextet (Verb); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rosebud).
AWARDS: Calgary Critics Choice Award for The Paperbag Princess: A Musical
- KIMBERLEY RAMPERSADDIRECTOR×KIMBERLEY RAMPERSADDIRECTOR
Kimberley thanks the Citadel for inviting her back! Her directing credits include Man and Superman, O’Flaherty, V.C. (Shaw Festival),The Color Purple (Neptune), How Black Mothers Say I Love You (GCTC), hang (with Philip Akin) (Obsidian). Choreography includes Matilda The Musical (RMTC/Citadel/Arts Club), Passing Strange (Musical Stage/Obsidian), Seussical: The Musical (YPT). As an actor, she has appeared on various stages across Canada, including the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. This year, she is the Intern Artistic Director at the Shaw Festival.
- FLOYDD RICKETTSMUSIC DIRECTOR×FLOYDD RICKETTSMUSIC DIRECTOR
Floydd Ricketts regularly works as a musical director in theatre and in concert. He is the conductor of the McGill University Choir, and Ensemble Noir, a 24-voiced Montreal choir that specializes in classical and folk music from the African diaspora.
He regularly leads workshops on African-American Spiritual performance practice, and has worked with luminaries such as Joseph Joubert & Kathleen Battle. He recently finished an engagement as the music director and arranger for Centaur Theatre’s production of Choir Boy.
- BRIAN PERCHALUKSET DESIGNER×BRIAN PERCHALUKSET DESIGNER
Brian Perchaluk’s previous Citadel credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Humble Boy, and Guys and Dolls. His work has been featured on stages across the country, in Europe and the U.S., including two seasons at each the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and more than 75 productions for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Brian is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and the recipient of Gemini, Jessie Richardson, Prix Rideau, and Evie Awards.
- MING WONGCOSTUME DESIGNER×MING WONGCOSTUME DESIGNER
Ming is a Toronto costume designer, stylist, and technician. Upcoming: Julius Caesar (Crow's/Groundling); Hansel & Gretel (COC). Selected: Life After (Dora nomination), Unsafe (Canadian Stage); 4 Chords & a Gun (Starvox); The Cherry Orchard (Modern Times - Dora nomination), The Wedding Party (Crow’s - Dora nomination); hang (Obsidian); Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera); Gertrude & Alice (Buddies - Dora nomination); Supers (Pilot, Good Film & TV); Gorey Story (Thistle Project - Dora Nomination). Ming was nominated for the Virginia & Myrtle Cooper Award for Costume Design (2017-19).
- HUGH CONACHERLIGHTING DESIGNER×HUGH CONACHERLIGHTING DESIGNER
Hugh Conacher is a lighting and multi-media designer, and a photographer. He has collaborated with choreographers, directors, visual artists, and dance and theatre companies throughout Canada and around the world, in venues large and small. He approaches each project as an individual work of art. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide.
Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada (since 1982) and of l’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec. www.pellucid.me
- PETER MCBOYLESOUND DESIGNER×PETER MCBOYLESOUND DESIGNER
Peter’s long history at the Citadel includes recent productions of Mamma Mia!, Crazy for You, Evangeline and Mary Poppins. Peter has worked at most of the major theatres in Canada, and in U.S. cities such as New York, Las Vegas, L.A., Boston, and Dallas. He lives in Stratford where he has spent 24 seasons at the Stratford Festival. His Broadway credits include Come Fly Away and Barrymore, and he has designed national tours including Sister Act and Catch Me If You Can.
- PATRICIA DARBASIEASSISTANT DIRECTOR×PATRICIA DARBASIEASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Known to Citadel audiences as a performer, Pat is a graduate of the University of Alberta's BFA Acting and MFA Directing programs. Pat's directing credits include: Ribbon, a one-woman show she wrote and performed for her thesis; The Syringa Tree, also a one-woman show she directed using voice techniques from her year of study at York University; Henry V and The Ash Girl at Concordia University College; and The Domino Heart at the Edmonton Fringe.
* The services of Patricia Darbasie were made possible in part through Obsidian Theatre’s Associates Program.
- Mukonzi MusyokiDramaturg×Mukonzi MusyokiDramaturg
John Mukonzi Musyoki is a poet, playwright, theatre academic, director, and dramaturg. He is about to commence his PhD from the University of Alberta in Performance Studies this September. Mukonzi graduated from Kenyatta University in Kenya on July 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Linguistics and Literature. He later went on to do his Masters in the University of Alberta specializing in Post-colonial African Theatre. Musyoki has been in Canada for three years and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and a researcher for Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Fringe Theatre, Timms Centre Studio Theatre, MAA and PAA Theatre, and the University of Alberta Drama Department. Mukonzi is very invested in the story of The Color Purple and he’s excited to be a part of the team through dramaturgy and educational outreach.
- Miranda AllenFight Director×Miranda AllenFight Director
Miranda is an Edmonton based actor and internationally touring escape artist. She has specialized experience in whip cracking, stunts, and stage combat. In 2018 she premiered her first theatre/escape art fusion, Whiskey Business, in which she was locked inside a full whiskey barrel (Found Festival) and was nominated for Best Actress (Sterling Awards) for her role as Lizzie in Pretty Goblins (Workshop West). Miranda is honored to be sharing her skills with this team.
- GINA MOESTAGE MANAGER×GINA MOESTAGE MANAGER
Selected theatre credits include: The Empress and The Prime Minister and The Last Five Years (Theatre Network); Oh Christmas Tree (Roxy Performance Series); The Bad Seed, A Lesson in Brio, Shocker's Delight and The Salon of the Talking Turk (Teatro La Quindicina); and Witch Hunt at the Strand (Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre). Gina’s Citadel history includes Three Mo Tenors, Three Mo Divas, Cooking at the Cookery, Trying (co-produced with Theatre Calgary), W;t, and Skylight.
- MICHAEL DUGGANASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER×MICHAEL DUGGANASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Michael is a Winnipeg-based stage manager who has previously worked at the Citadel on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Recent credits include: Vietgone, A Christmas Carol,Hand to God (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); New Magic Valley Fun Town, Fly Me to the Moon (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Dragonfly, Mary's Wedding (Theatre Projects Manitoba); Hamlet, Timon of Athens (Shakespeare in the Ruins); Am I Not King? (zone41). Enjoy the show!
- Erin HayesApprentice Stage Manager×Erin HayesApprentice Stage Manager
Erin is thrilled to be back at the Citadel for this production of The Color Purple. She would like to thank her fearless leaders Kimberley, Gina, and Michael as well as the rest of the incredible team. Special thanks go to John Raymond for his guidance, as well as her parents and Ryan for their constant support. Some of her previous credits include work with: Catch the Keys Productions, Grindstone Theatre, Punctuate! Theatre, Tiny Bear Jaws, and The Maggie Tree.