Southland Area Theatre Ensemble presents
Caroline, or Change
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Friday, February 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
This groundbreaking Tony-nominated musical about a divorced African American maid tells a story of political change, social change, and plain old pocket change. Featuring gospel, Motown, classical and Jewish folk songs.
Set in 1963 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the civil rights movement is on the scene, and change is brewing everywhere. The assassination of John F. Kennedy is about to happen and the Vietnam War is intensifying. Caroline Thibodeaux, is doing laundry in the basement of the Gellman’s home, a Southern Jewish family. Caroline and eight year-old Noah are wary of the social changes around them. Having lost his wife to cancer, the man of the house is remarried to a woman who tries to engage Noah and Caroline in the momentous times. With a plan to teach his son the value of money, and a goal of bettering Caroline’s situation, he leaves change in his clothes to be laundered, and encourages Caroline to keep it. Torn between her pride and the chance to improve the lives of her children, Caroline must face the moment, the movement and her life through new eyes. The production comes to life through vivid, unique characters, like The Washing Machine and The Radio.
Directed by J.R. Rose
Qiana C. McNary as Caroline Thibodeaux
Brandon Willard as Stuart Gellman
Derek Diehl as Noah Gellman
Joe Clair as Grandpa Gellman
Regina Gadotti as Grandma Gellman
Rebecca Fassbender as Rose Stopnick-Gellman
Joey Coffey as Mr. Stopnick
Ariel Davis, Alexa Sampson, and Jaira Stanley as The Radio
Brandon Eddy as Jackie Thibodeaux
Ava Jones as The Moon
Janiece Kristin as Dotty Moffett
Ronald McDowell as The Washing Machine
Gabriel McKinney as Joe Thibodeaux
Joy Woods as Emmie Thibodeaux
On stage, Limited Seating!
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