January 28-31, 2010
Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 PM
Sunday, 2:00 PM
February 4, 7:30 PM
February 7, 2:00 PM
RMTC Cabaret Theatre
301 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Before Amelia Earhart, there was Bessie Coleman. Based on the true story of the first African-American aviatrix, Barnstormer recounts Bessie's amazing journey from the cotton fields, to aviation school, and finally into the sky, as she fought against all odds to make her dreams take flight. A remarkable adventure of Bessie's triumphs and tribulations, Barnstormer is a powerful new musical about believing in yourself, even when the world fights to keep you down.
In collaboration with Better Basics, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute & Southern Museum of Flight
Book & Lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis
Music by Douglas J. Cohen
Jerry Dixon - Director*
Brian Usifer - Musical Director and Orchestrator
Bessie – Shronda Major
Charles/Arthur – Clyde Voce
John – Michael Jean Dozier**
Mama – Joycelyn Whatley (last seen as "Effie" in RMTC's Dreamgirls)
Colonial Julian – Cameron White (last seen as "Jimmy Early" in RMTC's Dreamgirls)
Willie – Pamela Williams (last seen in RMTC's RENT)
Young Arthur – Alex Jones (last seen as "Chip" in RMTC's Beauty and the Beast)
Ensemble – DaWoyne Alexander (last seen in RMTC's RENT), James Green (last seen in RMTC's Dreamgirls), Makella Moore (last seen in RMTC's Dreamgirls)
*The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.
**The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Development of Barnstormer was supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2008. www.namt.org
Barnstormer developed by Village Theatre, Issaquah, Washington, and at the Lark Play Development Center, New York City.
There will be a special cast "talk-back" session directly after the performances of Barnstormer (except for opening night).