Stage Talk Preview: Dreamgirls

The talented cast and crew of the Charleston Performing Arts Center takes us on a musical journey through the 1960’s with a look at the great girl bands or the era – from The Shirelles and Marvelettes to The Supremes. They were dream girls then and now!

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The show runs from February 12th until March 26th, so get your tickets now at the Charleston Performing Arts Center.

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CAST

CHANBRIELLE BEASON (season company performer) is thrilled to be a part of the Dreamgirls, The Revue cast, her second production with C-PAC. Her hard work and professionalism paid off – she was promoted from Apprentice to Season Company Performer! Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Chanbrielle expressed a love for the performing arts at a very young age. She grew up singing in the church choir, competing in pageants, and taking dance classes. She has appeared in several musicals with various community theatres, to include Footloose, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wiz, and most recently, The Christmas Cabaret. Chanbrielle is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this production, and would like to thank Kirk and Scott for their vision and commitment. She would also like to thank her parents and grandparents for their unconditional love, and her family and friends for their unwavering support.

DEIDRA H. BROOKS (guest artist, lead vocalist) was a cast member of The Color Purple on Broadway (Shug Avery u/s, church ladies and church soloist Swing). Her strong, soulful belt and gospel sound has landed her several roles such as “BJ” in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, “Shug Avery” in The Color Purple and “Sylvia” in All Shook Up. She has appeared in several musicals, gospel concerts, stage plays and commercials. But her greatest role is that of Grandmother to her nine month old granddaughter, Chloe; wife of Pastor J.N. Brooks, and mother to 5 children; one of whom was shot in the Aurora theatre Batman Massacre in Aurora, CO in 2012 while saving a young woman and her two children’s lives. After that experience she thought she’d never see the inside of any type of theater again. She feels blessed that he survived and she is conquering her fear! Special thanks to her dear friend Joy! And special thanks to Kirk and Scott! I love it here!

JOY DUCREE GREGORY (season company performer, lead vocalist) is pleased to perform in her fifth C-PAC production and is thrilled to work with such a talented cast and crew. Joy relocated to Charleston from Wilmington, NC, where she was the founder/ artistic director of True 2 You Productions Theatre Company. She has performed on numerous Southeast stages and has received several Wilmington Theater Awards for her performances and her theatre company’s productions.  Some favorite past roles include the Witch (Into the Woods), Sofia (The Color Purple), Dolly (Hello, Dolly!), Joanne (Rent), and Motormouth Maybelle (Hairspray). Joy received critical acclaim for her direction of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play Clybourne Park, and was featured in Wilmington’s SALT Magazine (June 2015) as the “Muse of Music” for the Port City. Although Joy has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach, her passion lies in ministry and the performing arts.  Joy wishes to thank God for His unmerited grace and mercy, Kirk and Scott for the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful production, and her family for their unyielding support.

MAUREEN REMEROWSKI (season company performer) is excited to have another opportunity to be singing these fun songs! Her first opportunity was in Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Ellie Greenwich). She was most recently on the CPAC stage as Beatrice in Duke: King of Jazz. Favorite theatre credits include, Some Enchanted Evening (Nellie), Cabaret (Sally Bowles) and dancing up a storm in The Rocky Horror Show! She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. As a performer, Maureen has appeared at many events and weddings across the Midwest and Northeast regions. Some of her favorites include, walking the runway at the National Bridal Market in Chicago, IL and singing the National Anthem for a Cleveland Indians game where she is originally from. As a recording artist, Maureen has written and recorded many songs in Chicago, IL where a few of her songs are featured in a locally shot film “Of Boys and Men”. Many thanks to Kirk and Scott for this opportunity and for all your hard work! It is an honor and a blessing to work with and learn from you both as well as this amazing cast! She also thanks her husband, Josh for his love and homemade sweet potato fries on Sundays! (They are still really good!)

TRANÉ N’CHEL (pronounced Tra-Nay Nichelle, vocalist) began her journey under bright lights in the glamorous city of New York where she was born and raised. She now lives in the holy city of Charleston, South Carolina, but stays true to her New York roots. To her theater credits she lists: Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, Deliver My Family, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Ragtime, Big River, The Seat of Justice, One Mo’ Time, and Bubbling Brown Sugar (showcased as part of the world renowned Piccolo Spoleto Festival). She’s also played in Lil Ham and Eubie for the Moja Arts Festival; and for the First Island Heritage Festival she appeared in the World Premiere of Gullah Gone Da Heaven where she played 80-year-old lead character, “Gal”. As an original member of the Emmy Award Winning Gospelfest Metro Choir in New York City, she has performed at some of the most famous arenas in New York City such as Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Madison Square Garden. Her quest is to capture audiences with soul stirring performances, a tribute to their relentless support. “I truly believe that my calling in life is not only to bring joy through the gifts that God has bestowed upon me, but to be an inspiration on many different levels as it is needed today.” Trané credits God and the continued support of her family and loved ones for keeping her grounded and motivated.

SCOTT PFEIFFER (Dick Clark) is usually seen running the show, from box office to bar tending, financial planning to facility maintenance, to gabbing with the many of you who have become quick friends of this theatre. A California native, he grew up performing in west coast theatres, lived in NYC exploring a long and rewarding career in fashion, and moved to Charleston to live the dream of running a theatre company. His last on stage appearance was on this stage in C-PAC’s Charleston, The Musical as the EmCee who told bad and bawdy Burlesque jokes. He thanks you for supporting this theatre and its endeavors! Without you, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for letting us entertain you!

SARAH M. TAYLOR (dancer) is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a recent graduate from the College of Charleston, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Under the mentorship and guidance of Myra Chamble (Artistic Director at the Cannon Street YMCA, downtown Charleston), she has been dancing since the age of 4 (Ballet, Tap, African, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz). She continues her training, even as she is one of the dance instructors at the Y-Dance Program. Along with appearing on Broadway and screen, she aspires to one day own her own dance company. On stage, Sarah was last seen in the fall dance concert at the College of Charleston entitled, herStory. She is so excited to further learn and grow in theatre–starting with her debut performance here at the Charleston Performing Arts Center’s production of Dreamgirls: The Revue.

TIFFANY WEST (company member, dance captain) hails from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and has been dancing for nearly 20 years. Trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap and modern, she has attended three Radio City Rockette Summer Intensives, as well as, C-PAC’s Broadway Training Program in NYC. Tiffany has studied Acting, Voice, and Dance with C-PAC’s South Carolina Musical Theatre Conservatory. She sits on C-PAC’s Board of Directors, instructs dance for the Kid On Stage program, and is the Dance Captain and Assistant to Choreographer. In her second year as a C-PAC company performer, DreamGirls, The Revue marks her ninth show with the company. Her C-PAC credits started with their first-ever production, Santa’s Naughty & Nice Burlesque (2013). Her passion for dance and musical theatre combined with her board position, fuels her high hopes and expectations for The Charleston Performing Arts Center. She thanks her family, friends, and co-workers for their unwavering support as she pursues her dreams of being on stage; and most of all Kirk and Scott for the opportunity to do so!

LARA WILSON (vocalist) is a Mezzo Soprano who was Executive Director of the Charleston Chamber Opera, producing, directing and performing creatively staged performances for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Gibbes Museum Concert Series and the Pawleys Island Festival of Music. Recently, Lara performed Lady Jane in Patience with the Camp Hill Light Opera, PA and debuted with the Greenville Light Opera as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. Additional mainstage credits include appearances with Savannah Philharmonic, Harrisburg Opera, Ridge Light Opera, Opera Northeast, Theater of Monmouth, New York Chamber Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Natchez Opera Festival & New Bedford Symphony. Lara debuted off-Broadway with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as Lady Blanche in Princess Ida, followed by a second appearance with the company as Lady Sangazure in the critically acclaimed production of The Sorcerer. Other G&S roles include Katisha in The Mikado, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, and Ruth in The Pirate of Penzance. Currently Lara is a professional Voice over actress and on camera talent as well as singer in her band Eleven11. Apprenticeships include Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Artist in Residence with Tulsa Opera. She holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Indiana University and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music respectively, as well as, a Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy Certificate from the Shenandoah Conservatory. Lara is also a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing.)

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