The cast will feature Charlo Crossley (Mama Georgia), Michael A. Shepperd (Old Joe), Harrison White (Announcer/Uncle Lonnie), Candice Nicole (Young Ellie), Jay Donnell (William), Justin Michael Wilcox (Chris Miller) and Susan Grace (Grandma Rose) with Donald Webber, Jr. (Adam Walker), Eve Sigall (Old Ellie), Theresa Ford (Mary/Louise), Siri Lorece (Philomena), Jayme Lake (Katie); Christian C. Campbell (Mr. Randolph); Malynda Hale (Ginni), Joe Hart (Jake/Mr. Burgess), Noel Orput (Tom/Johnny), Terrance Thomas (Young Joe), Blesst Bowden (Suzy) and Ashley Marie Arnold (Jemma). Jeffrey Polk will direct the concert with musical direction by Ron Colvard.
Lost Lady with a Violin features an original story, book and lyrics by Laurie Whitaker with music by Whitaker and Jeff Lass. "Set in the present day and traveling back to 1944," the new musical, according to press notes, "tells the epic story of Ellie, a beautiful white concert violinist from Philadelphia, who falls in love with a black Army doctor. She gives up everything to marry him and moves to South Carolina. It's a story of love, faith and the value of promise. The musical score features ballads, gospel songs and tunes set in a 1940's swing style."
The Main Stage at the El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA. Admission is $10 per person, with check or cash at the door. A reception will follow the performance. For reservations call (310) 896-6759. For further information visit www.lostladywithaviolin.com or www.lafestival.org.