February 9 - 24, 2024
The Glorious World of
Crowns, Kinks & Curls
Drama | Comedy | Monologues | Beardsley Theater
The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks, and Curls
The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks, and Curls is a collection of monologues and scenes exploring the complex relationship black women have with their hair. From Afros to braids, weddings and funerals, falling in love to grieving a loss, these stories serve as a powerful reminder that for Black women in particular, hair is both deeply personal and political. These heartbreaking, heartwarming, and hilarious stories will take audiences on an unparalleled journey into the world of Black womanhood.
AUDITIONS: Mon. and Tues. December 11 and 12, 2023 at 7 pm Please arrive 15 minutes early for a photo and to fill out the Audition Forms.
CALLBACKS: Wed., December 13, 2023 at 7 pm (If needed)
LOCATION: Beardsley Theater, 427 W. Western Ave. Muskegon
SHOW RUN: Show run: February 9 - 24, 2024
CURTAIN TIMES: Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30 PM; Sun at 3 PM
REHEARSALS: Mon.—Thurs, 7-10: pm beginning January 2, 2024
Questions? Please call the MCT office at (231) 722-3852. Office hours are Mon—Fri, 9:00 am—5:00 pm
*Muskegon Civic Theatre is committed to creating an inclusive environment and is actively seeking actors and volunteers of all races, lifestyles, and backgrounds. We encourage anyone who is interested to volunteer and/or audition. Every auditioner will be considered for any role unless the race, age, or gender of a character is integral to the story, or has been explicitly specified by the playwright and itemized in the production contract.
The Director, Jeanette Casson, will have performers read from the script.
The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls
Written by: Keli Goff
CHARACTERS / CASTING
The cast is all female. While ideally at least one of the ladies should identify as curvy, please note that each cast member, regardless of her actual appearance, will play a multitude of women and girls of different ages, skin tones, and hair textures, representing a diverse spectrum of Black women. Please also note that the ladies of the cast can play whichever characters make the most sense for the production, except in those instances in which a Lady's number is specified for continuity and clarity. The characters range in age from young girls to ladies in their 70s.
From the author:
“It feels amazing to be able to put stories on stage that represent and speak to the women in my life, that I haven’t had the opportunity to tell their stories in other ways. I know I’m not the only Black woman who has this experience where I felt hair defined a major moment in my life in a way that I wish it hadn’t.”
Meet the Cast
Little Shop of Horrors
One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop of Horrors is a deviously delicious sci-fi smash musical that has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
High School Musical JR
The Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre brings Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage! It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians, and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.
Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America.
Based on the film and the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women's Institute members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their newfound fame.
The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks & Curls
The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks & Curls is a collection of monologues and scenes exploring the complex relationship women have with their hair. From Afros to braids, weddings and funerals, falling in love to grieving a loss, these stories serve as a powerful reminder that for Black women in particular, hair is both deeply personal and political. These heartbreaking, heartwarming and hilarious stories will take audiences on an unparalleled journey into the world of Black womanhood.
Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding
One of the longest running shows in Off Broadway history, this delightful evening gives new meaning to the phrase "And now for something completely different" Audience members are the guests at the nuptial celebration of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale in all its tacky and hilarious glory. Following the church service is a reception where the audience joins the wedding party and their bickering families for a pasta dinner, champagne toasts, and wedding cake. Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding is presented in partnership with the Frauenthal Center.
Group orders for 20 or more tickets are available through the Muskegon Civic Theatre office for a 10% discount on the ticket price.
Box Office Hours
T-F 11:00am - 5:00pm
2 Hours prior to curtain; 30 minutes past curtain on show nights and weekends.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday Performances are at 7:30 PM, Sunday Matinee times are at 3:00 PM.