As the lights went down after the performance of “Blue,” laughter, applause and a chorus of "that was a great show," was heard throughout the Independence Seaport Museum Theater on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Written by Susan Small-Harris, Blue, offered the perfect blend of romance, comedy, and intrigue during the musical storyline.
Produced by SoundsKrazy and S.Charli Productions, Blue is the story of a woman’s journey to inner freedom as she faces the secrets of her past. Maddie is a middle-aged maid, who grew up in Mobile, Alabama. She relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where she is sent to work for her childhood friend, Nancy. Upon the death of her mother, Maddie is forced to face, Lola, the daughter whom she abandoned years before. When Lola arrives, this beautiful young colored girl with blue eyes takes everyone aback. This story speaks to the heart issues of self-love, racial tensions and boundaries, and the importance of TRUTH, on the road to ultimate freedom. Set in the mid 1950′s, Blue embodies the sounds of the 1950′s blues /rock and roll infused with the era’s vibrant, and sophisticated fashion.
The cast consisted of local talent who had both incredible acting and singing ability. Susan explained her reasoning about casting locally in an exclusive interview, “I am incredibly blessed to have people standing with me pursuing my vision as if it their own. We wanted to find some raw talent who were willing to commit to an awesome project. It has been so fulfilling to find new talent.”
Lisa Alxadria gave a breathtaking performance as Lola-Ann “Blue,” the bi-racial girl with the startling blue eyes. Lisa delivered a professional performance that supersedes her young age.
Jackie Burris played starred in the role of, “Maddie,” the middle aged maid with a dark secret. Though Jackie is young in years, she delivered a stellar performance leaving no question about her character. The audience was easily captivated by her beautiful alto voice.
Christie McClary offered a stupendous performance delivering the spirit of the 1950’s as, “Nancy,” the sassy homeowner with backhanded compliments and a devastating secret of her own.
Germaine Downing blew the audience away with her performance as, “Jessie,” Maddie’s honest best friend. Germaine’s role offered great comedy throughout the show, but her vocal ability had audience members attempting to mimic her runs and vocal play during each song.
Chris Graham added great flair to the show with his charm, good looks, and tenor vocals as, “Mr. James Stuwart,” the flirtatious mailman.
Nyoka Wilson’s spunky performance as “Opal,” was both believable and hilarious. For a first performance she was flawless.
Erica Brown played the role of the sexy vixen, “Sophie,” the uptight best friend of Maddie perfectly. Her skill as a dancer was also evident during a fun sequence in the production.
Special note must be given to the gorgeous set, amazing music, on point costuming, and impeccable sound. It was refreshing to see a young company produce such a high quality event. Hats off to Ms. Susan Small-Harris, truly a talent on the rise.
For more information about Susan and S.Charli Productions log onto: www.scharliproductions.com