Sponsored by The Gathering Book Store, the students played to a crowded house at Booker T. Washington High School. “We are thankful for the support of the community. “said Georgia Blackmon, owner of The Gatherings Book Store. We were very pleased with the turnout. The play was simply awesome,” she said.
Written by Regina Taylor and directed by Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman, Crowns is a tribute to church hats and the African American women for whom they are symbolic crowns. The play tells the story of a Brooklyn girl, Yolanda, who is sent to the South to stay with her grandmother following a family tragedy. She believes this is a punishment and rebels in her own unique way. But her supposed exile leads to her exploration of black cultural history and helps her find her own identity.
Director Dr. Wendy Coleman stated “directing this play was quite a powerful experience. It reminded the students of the experience growing up. The play is something that you do not have to imagine,” she said. “It’s good wholesome family entertainment.
Dr. Coleman is now working on the play The Color Purple. “It’s similar to this play; values, being proud of who you are and the way God made you.” She said.
Dr. Coleman is a graduate of Alabama State University and a native of Waynesboro, Mississippi. She has been Chair of the Department of Theatre for three years at Alabama State University. Prior to that, she was the Director of Theatre at Albany State University in Georgia for ten years.
Dr. Coleman is also Rev Coleman pastoring the First Congregation Christian Church in Montgomery.
In her spare time she loves to write. “So far, I have written four plays and one novel called The Man of God. Her novel is available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and Books A Million.
When asked about her plans to return to Pensacola she said “Mrs. Blackmon and I have plans in the making to come back in the summer to do performing arts for one week for students and at the end, do a play.”