Chaz Lamar Shepherd (Curtis) and Moya Angela (Effie) in â€œDreamgirls,â€ playing February 25 through April 4, 2010, at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Moya Angela is a Dream
By Brian W. Carter
Sentinel Staff Writer
Last week, the Sentinel got a chance to talk to a "Dream" in the form of Moya Angela in the new, groundbreaking, musical production of "Dreamgirls." "Dreamgirls" tells the story of an up-and-coming girl group in the 1960's that rises to stardom and the joy and pains that come with it. Angela, no stranger to the stage, plays the role of Effie White in the production. Moya Angela is a native of Indianapolis, IN having won two Encore Awards in her role as Sarah in "Ragtime and Adapearle in "The Wiz."
"I've always been dramatic...I did a lot a show choir in High School," said Angela, "I did a lot of theater in High school." Angela honed her craft through her earlier experiences on the stage, with the intention of doing musical theater. Her work and skill paid off for her when she got a part in Disney's "The Lion King" tours.
It wasn't long before her talent got her blindsided by a coveted role in a big production. Angela had got a call for an audition for the role of Effie White in "Dreamgirls." "They called me...they were telling me to come in for a private audition for the role of Effie," said Angela, "I was just so excited...I hadn't even known that they had been auditioning."
"I totally can relate to all the 'ups and downs' and emotions that she (Effie) goes through," said Angela about her character, "it's an emotional rollercoaster." Angela describes Effie's journey as a human one that we all can relate to on some level. "It's happy and determined at the beginning...and then it's heart-broken," said Angela. She describes her role as someone who is going through the trials and tribulations of life and finally realizing what's important at the end.
Angela shares the stage with Syesha Mercado as Deena Jones, Adrienne Warren as Lorrell Robinson, Margaret Hoffman as Michelle Morris, Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Chester Gregory as James "Thunder" Early, Trevon Davis as C.C. White, and Milton Craig Nealy as Marty Madison. "It's such a wonderful cast," said Angela, "everybody is so talented and so driven in each character that they play."
"It's a story for everyone and anything that they are striving for" said Angela when asked about "Dreamgirls," "every single person can really relate to this story.
DREAMGIRLS opens March 2nd at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre.