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It’s a Yes!
Saturday I saw a musical reading of a stage play called “The Inheritance” written by
Monica Patton and Bobby Daye. Sonia Surratt is the director and Mahmoud Khan is the musical director. Premise: bastard daughter with chip on her shoulder returns home to a drug addict mother after the death of the matriarch.
The breakdown, Fania (Fa-ni-a)Bourn plays the daughter, Milla. Chawanya (Cha-wan-ya) Hayes plays Wilhelmina, upper crust drug addict mother; Renee Lockett is Louisa, the housemaid and long time friend of Milla’s grandmother; Gabriel Mudd is Leland, the nephew of Louisa and in love with his cousin Milla. Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz is Arnaud the married man Milla is scooting around in her bed. Anthony Turner is Tommy, the successful drug deal/addict boyfriend of Wilhelmina.
Ensemble cast, Adam Lasalle is Mr. FItzpatrick the lawyer; Erica Deloach is Violet, funny gospel singer and the 911 operator, Marc Rogers is Mr. Wellington Drummer is Christopher Singleton.
After the play completed the audience got to ask questions. So that the writers can determine what needs improvements.
The cast was very convincing. The audience was fully invested. We did get a bit thrown off by the song during the funeral scene. It wasn’t your typical sound, but it stole the scene. You could not help but to laugh.
Chawanya Hayes as WIlhelmina was so good, Most know Chawanya from her music. Fania Bourne as the angry 28-year-old in need of love truly showed why she got the lead. Makes me wish I had seen her in dream girls also. All of the actors were just a delight to watch.
We, the audience, genuinely liked this production. This is a good date night theatrical performance. Check with eta creative arts for a full production schedule.
Fabian Bourn is a Mom first then an actress who kicked the but of illness. Fania’s social media Facebook page shows posts for five different plays and musicals. The titles are: In De Beginnin’ , Dream girls as Deena, , To Kill A Mocking Bird as Calpurnia, The Who’s: Tommy as Acid Queen and Hairspray-as an extra dancer. If Fania is pushing this hard in 2017 as she did in 2016 the breakthrough to success is within reach. You can see the talented and hopeful Fania Bourn on January 21, 2017 at the eta Magic Box series “The Inheritance” musical reading. Admission is free for two show 3 p.m and 7 p.m., 7558 South Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois.
Singer Chawanya Hayes performing in a staged musical reading, “The Inheritance” presented by the eta Magic Box series, January 21, 2017, two shows 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., 7558 S. Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois, free admission but donation suggested.
Chawanya Hayes is a great singer you ought to hear. You have heard her music on LUTG RADIO and many other music outlets.
The best way to get more fans, new fan and people to show up for your performances is to make your events super easy to find. The first step is to create a website. You can do this for Free via Wix.com . The is the one I, Kathy Brocks of LUTG RADIO, use so if there are others then by all means use them after doing your research of the company to make sure they intend on sticking around for a while. Next create a “show or event” page that lets everyone know about your next upcoming show name, location, cost and how to purchase tickets or whether its free.
Then, tell readers, googlers, social media darlings a little something about you and your style of music. Tell people where they can buy your music via digital download or CD. You also, want to push your SWAG or Artist t-shirts and other apparel. Each time you do a show upload a 30 second or 2 minute clip of the show to engage people or post it to your social media pages. Engage fans by asking questions on social media. Ask them about their favorite song, vacation, inspiration and share yours. Do not tell it all, just chat briefly for a few minutes daily or weekly.
Remember, to not seek to find fault. Fans sometimes get overly excited when meeting a talented artist such as yourself. Just remind them, success is a daily process of choices and we are all just people working on making a living at what we love the most, music and performing. Let fans know you love them like a sister or brother. Do not encourage romance. Some fans got enough fantasy going on in their own heads already. Also, pray for your fans daily. It is a blessing to their lives. Its feels good to know someone is praying for you. Keep this in mind as you go about grinding and working hard to achieve your dreams of reaching the masses with the gospel through music and artistic performances. Included are screenshots of artists that do a good job helping fans to attend their next performance.
I play music and performances on air for free currently. The main requirement is be a Christian artist and provide clean material. Tae Spears is an example of why LUTG RADIO offers free airplay for artists. Check out 16 Bars,
Nikeya Young performing Saturday July 16th at Joy’s Summer Outdoor festival in Lansing, Illinois, 2025 East 175th at 3:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m, free admission.
Prince, a music icon dead. Prince suffered from issues relating to the flu. The Artist made an emergency stop in the state of Illinois on April 15, 2016 to get treatment at an Illinois hospital for a few hours. Upon release Prince performed in concert. Prince was found in his home, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, unresponsive earlier today April 21, 2016.
Prince began his career in 1976 at the age of 17 writing songs for Pepe Willie and doing demos in the studio with Chris Moon which lead to Warner Bros and Purple Rain. Its a sad day cause the Prince is gone. Pray for his soul, family, friends and fans as we remember him and enjoy the legacy Prince left.
Hey Hey Hey Chicago’s Own Ebony Archer heard on LUTG RADIO is nominated as Solo Pop Artist of the year for the Prayze Factor People’s Choice Award. The awards show runs all weekend from April 22-24, 2016. Ebony Archer scheduled to perform on April 24th. The Prayze Factor Peoples Choice awards is an awards show for independent gospel artists.
Singer Songwriter Daryl Boyer wants to ignite the fire of Praise and Worship in your church, event or gathering.
Natalie Cole, performer, singer, actress went home to Jesus passing on at the age of 65 on December 31, 2015 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Natalie Cole suffered from complications of an organ transplant and Hepatitis C infection. Ms. Cole believed it was due to drug abuse from 30 years prior during the 70’s and 80’s. Natalie Cole is survived by her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole. The memory her family shares is strength. Natalie drew on her strength of her faith in life and death. Natalie is at rest with Jesus and her legacy will live on as a bright shining star. Natalie shared the same “strive” fervor of her father Nat King Cole, whose voice broke down racial barriers of 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Let’s thank God for the gift He allowed us to experience in Nat King Cole and the 65 years of blessing in the heritage of Natalie Cole. Enjoy a little piece of the joy the Cole family brought to the world in the songs “Fall in love” and “Unforgettable”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKCyUe4syc4
Links for Natalie Cole
Official Website, http://www.nataliecole.com/articles.html