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CIVIL RIGHTS LEGACY TOUR presents

Civil Rights Legacy Tour

WHERE BLOOMING FLOWERS MEET THE SKY

BY DARRYIN B. CUNNINGHAM

Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

Mt. Tahoma High school

Run time is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Tony Gomez and Katie Lappier for performing the recorded educator voices.

Kris Zetterstrom, Tom Mitchell, Tacoma City Theaters, Tacoma Little Theatre, Danica Miller and Angelo Mendi Salon.

All stage work performed by employees that are represented by IATSE #15

Kenya Adams – Zhuli Walker 

Kenya Adams is excited to take the stage with the Civil Rights Legacy Tour:  Where Blooming Flowers Meet the Sky cast and Tacoma Arts Live. This will be her debut show at Tacoma Arts Live. She has been in several productions throughout the Northwest including Hairspray, The Wiz, and The Color Purple, to name a few. Kenya has a strong passion for arts and education and when she is not in shows she is taking, teaching, or directing dance, serving OUR community and mentoring young people. 

“Shout out to God for the everyday blessings, the love and continuous partnership, my parents for everything that they have seeded for me, and thank you to the theatre team and CAST for making this vision come to life: without y’all we couldn’t have had these moments, thank you.” 

 Khane Berry – Malcolm X 

Khane is elated to be a part of his first Tacoma Arts Live production. In his leisure time, Khane makes an effort to go out and enjoy all forms of arts, especially from his hometown of Tacoma. Khane has been honored to be part of a theatre community that is filled with so much talent and unseen potential. As an alumni from Stadium High School, he felt the people around him were gleaming with talent, and hasn’t lost that feeling when he steps on the stage with new and talented folks. If he looks vaguely familiar, you may or may not remember him from Cats at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse, or in Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope at the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center. He’s also done a couple shows outside of his hometown, including Jesus Christ Superstar with Reboot and The Tempest at the Seattle Rep. He hopes you have a splendid year, just like he’s been having so far.  

 LaNita Hudson Walters – Nina Simone 

LaNita Hudson Walters is an Actor, Director, Choreographer, Vocalist and Teaching Artist in the Pacific Northwest. She has been a performer from the age of 3 and a Teaching Artist for the last 25+ years. She attended Berklee College of Music and then took time off to raise her children. LaNita is and has been a Master Teaching Artist at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Arts Live, Lakewood Playhouse and Seattle Rep. 

You may have seen LaNita Hudson Walters, most recently, in a production of Cats at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, alongside her castmate Khane Berry. 

 DuWayne Andrews, Jr. – John Lewis 

DuWayne Andrews, Jr. is electrified to be in his first Tacoma Arts Live production! Recently, he has appeared in Seattle Opera’s La Traviata and The Elixir of Love, as part of the Seattle Opera Chorus. He has been part of the Seattle Opera Chorus since the spring of 2018. Previous roles on the stage include Neil Armstrong (Moon Landing – The Museum of Flight ‘US Premiere), Pontius Pilate (Jesus Christ Superstar – Tacoma Little Theatre), and Eddie (Sister Act – Tacoma Musical Playhouse). Outside of theatre, he has served as the Youth Choir Director for Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle for seven years. DuWayne would like to thank God and his family for their never-ending support! 

 Angelica M. Barksdale – Understudy Zhuli Walker, Nina Simone 

Angelica M. Barksdale (U/S )  is so grateful to return to Tacoma Arts Live for another tour. 

She is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus in Photography and Creative Direction.   Her theatre credits include award-winning productions and staged readings at Village Theater (Dreamgirls, My Heart is the Drum), Intiman Theater (Emerging Artist Program), Renton Civic Theatre (RENT), Theatre Off Jackson (Reparations), Tacoma ArtsTacoma Musical Playhouse (A Little Princess, Ragtime). 

 “I am so happy to share space with talented folks with such an iconic script.” 

Jack House – Understudy Malcolm X, John Lewis 

This is Jack’s first performance with Tacoma Arts Live.  The Civil Rights Legacy Tour Where Blooming Flowers Meet the Sky offers a unique opportunity to briefly introduce historic figures to today’s young people. Jack is no stranger to performing in the Pacific Northwest. He can be found in theaters ranging from the Evergreen playhouse Centralia to the opera in Seattle. Since vaulting out of the audience onto the stage in 2006, Jack has been a part of 35 stage productions. The Color Purple, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Proposals, and the Java Tacoma series to name a few. Several movies, and a host of videos. 

Jimmy Shields – Director 

Jimmy Shields is a professional Actor, Director and Choreographer from the Pacific Northwest. His love for the Performing Arts started at a very young age and it has taken him all over the US. Jimmy’s work can be seen all around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Recent theatre credits include work with The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Village Theatre.

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