Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963
By Christina M. Ham
Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia D. Morris Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins. This production imagines these four young girls before the terrible event on September 15, 1963— the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Through story and song, the play shines a light on their dreams, their times with family and friends, and the trials and tribulations they faced as children living in a divided and segregationist city. A full chorus sets the tone with spirituals and anthems of the Civil Rights Movement such as “Amazing Grace,” “Oh, Freedom,” and “Woke Up This Morning.”
Directed by Jacqueline Thompson.
Recommended for ages 9+ due to references to violent events and strong language. For more information on the show’s language guidelines, click here.
Select performances will be followed by a talkback with members of the creative team and special guests:
Oct 18 at 7:30 PM | Meet the Artists
Oct 19 at 7:30 PM | Civil Rights and Performance
Oct 20 at 3 PM | Civil Rights and Performance
Oct 25 at 7:30 PM | Dreaming of Design
Oct 26 at 7:30 PM | Civil Rights and Performance
Oct 27 at 3 PM | Dreaming of Design
Limited student tickets available here. High school and college students must present student IDs at Will Call.
FRI OCT 18 | 7:30PM
SAT OCT 19 | 5:00 & 7:30PM
SUN OCT 20 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT!
FRI OCT 25 | 7:30PM
SAT OCT 26 | 5:00 & 7:30PM
SUN OCT 27 | 3:00PM
All performances held in the Staenberg Performance Lab at COCA
This production is a collaboration between The Black Rep and COCA.
Meet the Cast:
Nia “RJ” Hearon (Addie Mae Collins) is a sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy. They previously performed the roles of Delores (Sister Act), Ensemble (42nd Street), Ensemble (Pirates of Penzance).
Gilayah Mcintosh (Carole Robertson) is a freshman at Whitfield School. She previously played Annie (Annie Junior), Peter Pan (Peter Pan Junior), Yellow Brick Road (The Wiz), Bethany (Controlling Interests), Hot Box Dancer (Guys and Dolls), Performer (Golden Age Revue).
Kaitlin Oliver (Cynthia Wesley) is a freshman at Nerinx Hall. Her previous roles include Ursula (The Little Mermaid), Ensemble (Seedfolks), Children’s Ensemble (Matilda), as well as a number of roles in vocal performances.
Lena Williams (Denise McNair) is a fifth grader in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Her previous roles include Raynell (Fences), Munchkin (The Wiz), and various roles with The St. Louis Black Repertory Company’s Summer Performing Arts Camp.
Riley Adams (Connie) is a fourth grader at R.M. Captain. She previously performed as Young Simba (The Lion King Jr.), Little Inez (Hairspray Jr.), Molly (Annie Jr.), Mowgli (Jungle Book Kids), Charlie (Willie Wonka Jr.), and ensemble (Titanic). Her recent performances include youth ensemble roles in The Muny’s 101st season shows, Kinky Boots and Cinderella. Riley made her television debut in a Showtime Original series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, where she appeared as ‘Melody’ alongside Kirsten Dunst.
Dekylah Epps (Karen) is an eighth grader at Crossroads College Preparatory. Her previous roles include Emerald Girl/Narrator/Ensemble (The Wiz), Ensemble/Featured Dancer (Mary Poppins), Gossiper/Storyteller/Featured Dancer (Once On This Island Jr.), Narrator/Featured Dancer/Vocalist/Drama (Ania), Teenage/Featured Dancer/Vocalist/Drama (Growing Paynes), Dance Instructor/Featured Dancer/Vocalist/Drama (Growing Paynes), as well as New City School plays.
Laila Fantroy (Rhonda) is a fifth grader at All Saints Academy – St. Rose Campus. She previously played an orphan in Annie.
Marshae Hogue (Fannie) is an eighth grader at North Middle School. Her previous roles include Motor Mouth Mable (Hairspray), Sour Kangaroo (Seussical Junior), Evil Queen (Snow White), Serena (Legally Blonde Junior), and Cassidy (13 the Musical).
Kennedy Jenkins (Janie) is an eighth grader at Hazelwood East Middle School. She previously played Kiara (Freedom to Me) and Keisha (Kids in America).
Trenay LaBelle (Flo) is a sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy. Her previous roles include Hortensia (Matilda), Duffy (Annie), Tobias (Sweeney Todd), and Ensemble (The Wiz).
Skye Rhoden (Sarah) is a fifth grader at Whiteside Middle School. Her previous roles include Kids Ensemble (Matilda), Dodger (Oliver & Company), Lil Simba (Lion King), Mollie (Annie), Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast), Young Anna (Frozen), King Gristle (Trolls), and Grimsby (The Little Mermaid).
Dru Walker (Lynn) is a sophomore at Hazelwood Central High School. She previously played Mama Euralie (Once On This Island Jr.) and Lateesha (Seedfolks).
Paris Jones (Student Ensemble) is an eighth grader at Northwest Middle School.
Taylor Jones (Student Ensemble) is a fourth grader at Jana Elementary.
Nadia Rawlins (Student Ensemble) is a sophomore at Crossroads College Prep. She previously played Ti Moune (Once on This Island), Laurel (Freaky Friday), and Ms. Smythe (Mary Poppins). Other roles include Ensemble/Featured Dancer in The Wiz, Lion King Jr., Big Fish, School of Rock, and Seussical, as well as Teen Ensemble (Footloose).
Peyton Webster (Student Ensemble) is a fifth grader at Holy Spirit School. She previously performed as Ginney (Seedfolks) and ensemble (Once On This Island).
Laila Williams (Student Ensemble) is a fifth grader in Ferguson-Florissant School District. She previously played Ms. Hannigan (Annie), Cameron (A Christmas Miracle), and various roles with The St. Louis Black Repertory Company’s Summer Performing Arts Camp.
Amanda Willingham (Student Ensemble) is a senior at Clayton High School. She previously played Akeelah (Akeelah and the Bee), Little Inez (Hairspray), and July (Annie).
Shaniya Perry (Featured Vocalist) is a freshman at Innovation High School at Cool Valley. She previously performed as Rafiki (Lion King Jr.), Evillene (The Wiz), Mama Euralie (Once On This Island), Ms. Corry (Mary Poppins Jr.), and Asaka (Once On This Island Jr.).
Erin Feldman (Adult Ensemble) is a senior at Webster Conservatory.
Bryce Miller (Adult Ensemble) is a sophomore at Webster Conservatory. His previous roles include Rusty Charlie (Guys and Dolls), Goat (The Robber Bridegroom), Edward Bloom (Big Fish), Bela Zangler (Crazy for You), Toby Belch (Twelfth Night), Mikie (Adult Fiction), and Peter (Red Speedo).
Paige Thomas (Design-Tech Student) is a sophomore.
Khanye Williams (Design-Tech Student) is a fifth grader at Jamestown Elementary. She has previously performed as Ensemble (Once On This Island Jr.) and in dance recitals for DK DANCE, church choir, and church skits.
Zacchaeus Williams (Design-Tech Student) is an eighth grader at Brittany Woods.