By Regina Taylor
Based on the book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
Directed by Pamela Hunt

March 16 - April 15 , 2005

2004-2005 Mainstage Season

The Story

Ask a woman about her hat and you will find out a lot more. Brimming with joyful exuberance and full of “hattitude”, this celebration of colorful church hats and the women who wear them is the ultimate convergence of faith and fashion. Sounds of gospel, jazz, and other musical styles enliven the stories and traditions of strong, elegant and inspiring black women.

Creative & Production Staff

Musical Director: Thomas W. Carpenter
Choreographer: Mercedes Ellington
Scenic Designer: Hugh Landwehr
Costume Designer: Reggie Ray
Lighting Designer: Phil Monat
Stage Manager: Glenn Dunn
Assistant Stage Manager: Tony Dearing
Casting: Rich Cole


Erin Cherry (Yolanda)
Darryl Reuben Hall (Preacher/Man)
Denise M. Thimes (Mother Shaw)
Stacie Precia (Jeanette)
Jannie Jones (Velma)
Chaundra Cameron (Mabel)
Gayle Samuels (Wanda)

Understudies: Ashanti Johnson (Yolanda, Jeanette, Wanda), Kathy Wade (Mabel, Mother Shaw, Velma)


Thomas W. Carpenter (Keyboards)
James A. Jackson, II (Percussionist)

Sponsorship & Support

Major Sponsor: Anheuser-Busch Companies

Kevin Kline Awards


Outstanding Musical Direction: Tim Carpenter, Crowns
Outstanding Costume Design: Reggie Ray, Crowns
Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical: Crowns


Outstanding Costume Design: Reggie Ray, Crowns