Sun/Cloud Theatre: Black teen explores South in 'Crowns'

Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:48 - Written by From Staff Reports

“Crowns,” a musical that explores a black girl’s efforts to connect with her Southern heritage, takes place 7:30 p.m. through Sunday at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, 2515 W. Shaw, Tyler.

Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, “Crowns” tells the story of a high school girl from Brooklyn who is sent to live with her grandmother in the South.

The girl is taken back by the flamboyant fashion — especially the colorful hats — worn by her grandmother. In learning how women in the South use a hat for every occasion, she becomes aware of the struggles her grandmother’s generation endured.

The play is being presented by Sun/Cloud Theatre.

Mary Hill Spigner is the director.

To make reservations, call 903-944-4829.

Sun/Cloud Theatre Works is a theatre workshop and production company founded in Tyler in 1998 as Legacy Theatre Project to give youths a performing arts outlet.

Ms. Spigner, the director, holds degrees in acting and directing from Howard University and the University of Texas, said information posted on the theater’s website.