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Your ‘Dreamgirls’ are headed to Trustus

Jasmine Ayers, Avery Bateman, and Kristin Claiborne portray The Dreams in Trustus” production of “Dreamgirls.”
Jasmine Ayers, Avery Bateman, and Kristin Claiborne portray The Dreams in Trustus” production of “Dreamgirls.” Photograph by Rob Sprankle

The hit Broadway musical, “Dreamgirls,” will hit the Thigpen Main Stage at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St., beginning Friday and continuing through Aug. 1.

The time-honored production presents the story of a small female singing group that makes it big while changing the face and sound of popular music in the 1960s.

The show introduces audiences to singers Effie, Lorrell, and Deena, who learn just what it’s like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr., the trio known as “The Dreamettes” is soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular singer, James “Thunder” Early.

But after being molded into an unstoppable hit machine and propelled into the spotlight as “The Dreams,” the girls quickly find their bid for the big time taking priority over personal friendships and they slowly begin to realize that the true cost of fame may be higher than any had ever anticipated.

The show is directed by theater artist Terrance Henderson with musical direction by Trustus company member Walter Graham.

There will be an 8 p.m. curtain on opening night. Regular showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. There will be no performances the week of July 4.

A talk-back, open to the public, will follow the July 26 performance.

Tickets to “Dreamgirls” are $35 for adults; $33 for military and seniors; and $25 for students. Half-price Student Rush-Tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain.

To purchase tickets, call the box office 1-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at (803) 254-9732 or visit trustus.org. 

Columbia Classical Ballet protege has a gold medal performance

Columbia Classical Ballet company member Nations Wilkes-Davis won a gold medal in the junior division competition at the recent Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in New York City.

The VKIBC features a panel of international judges. This year’s event included more than 20 judges from 13 countries.

“Nations is an extremely talented young man who has been training with us for eight years,” Columbia Classical Ballet artistic director Radenko Pavlovich said of the 16-year-old performer. “He has a bright future ahead of him and it is a privilege to have him as a protege.”

Wilkes-Davis was born in Germany and now lives in Columbia, where he trains with Pavlovich. Last year he placed in the top six in the Youth American Grand Prix Male Senior Division in Atlanta.    

“It is an honor to win a gold medal at this level of competition,” he said regarding his most recent honor. “We worked really hard to get to this level and it is an amazing feeling to see all the hard work pay off.”

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