Local High School Gets Rare Rights To 'The Color Purple"
CHARLOTTE, NC- Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte is one of two schools in the country performing Broadway's ‘The Color Purple”.
"The show is so well known and it's such a staple in so many people's lives. So the opportunity to be one of the few to do it it just so overwhelming, but exciting,” said Danielle Hopkins, NWSA senior.
Hopkins hopes for exposure from Oprah's Broadway hit ‘The Color Purple”.
Students say the musical gives an opportunity they haven't had before.
"In most ensembles and shows, there's one part written out for us and it's not usually a lead, so the fact that are principles are all black, that's something we've never experienced before. Or at least I haven't," said Hopkins.
80 students tried out and only 27 made the cut. The school is the first in the state and the second in the country to get rights to the show.
From renting this theater at CPCC to transporting the Broadway set to Charlotte, the total cost of the play is over $33,000 dollars. The director and cast have raised over seven thousand and are hoping this weekend's ticket sales will take care of the rest.
Director Corey Mitchell says it’s worth every dollar.
"What we're doing is the closest thing to a professional show you'll ever see from a high school cast. From the production design, to the costumes, to the musicians," said Mitchell.
Students say it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"This show is so special. Not just because it's staple in the black community. But because the story it tells. If you leave the Color Purple and you don't feel anything. We didn't do our job," said Hopkins.