Raleigh theatergoers hang onto their hats

August 2, 2017 by  

The Gospel musical ‘Crowns’ is on its way to Raleigh.

The show is based on a book by Craig Marberry and Michael Cunningham, which is comprised of portraits of black women in their church-going hats, and their stories. The show will be presented at the Raleigh Little Theatre, with Terra Hodge in the director’s chair.

Hodge notes that hats have been vitally important in the culture of African American women, and that they reflect a variety of African rituals outside of religion, as well as the institution of slavery. There is a story associated with each hat, as well as the woman wearing it, and the play tells the story of each of them.

The theater is running a contest in conjunction with the play, inviting women to share stories and photos of their hats. The winners will receive a gift certificate for a restaurant, complimentary tickets to the opening night performance, and will also have their portraits made.

The show runs from August 25 to September 10, at the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. After the show on Sunday, August 27, there will be a discussion to which audience members are cordially invited.

Events like this can really take off if managers work with a poster printing company to create colorful posters advertising the production and its performance dates.