THE CHARACTERS OF ONLY GOD CAN CHANGE ME

Synopsis

  Synopsis:   “Only God Can Change Me” focuses on the dark secrets that grip the dysfunctional Shepherd family, and the tragedies that follow as one of their own succumbs to the grip of heroin addiction. The matriarch of the family turns to God as the only answer to the family’s struggle. This is a powerful and relatable account of the family’s battle against the ravages of addiction, and the powerful faith that can potentially bring redemption. “Only God Can Change Me” touches audiences so deeply, one commentator put it, “Whether you are the black sheep of the family, the peacemaker, the dreamer, the troublemaker, or simply the glue that holds everything together, you’ll feel right at home with the Shepard family.” 

Characters

 CHARLENE:  singing role the matriarch; wife of FRANK Shepard and mother to FELICIA, LISA, and LEE and grandmother to CHANTEL. CHARLENE is a very spiritual, strong, black woman, and caring disciplinarian.  She is a homemaker who struggles with failing health due to a heart problem and stress.  The love she feels for her family and for the Lord can be seen plainly on her face.   


FRANK : he is the patriarch of the family and husband to CHARLENE.  He is also father to FELICIA, LISA, LEE and grandfather to CHANTEL.  He is a hard worker who struggles with alcohol.  Currently he is unemployed and bitter about his life.  FRANK is hot-tempered and uses force to discipline. He is also an unstable father figure.  Bitterness has destroyed what little looks he had.  


 FELICIA : singing role oldest child of CHARLENE and FRANK; sister to LISA and LEE.  FELICIA is married to TONY WASHINGTON and they have a young daughter named CHANTEL.  She is a gentle person, who lovingly interacts with her family, particularly her husband, TONY.  She is strong and bold, and shows a caring mature love for all members of her family.  She works at the local community center as a counselor.   

CHARACTERS

  TONY : husband to FELICIA and father to CHANTEL.  He is very affectionate toward FELICIA and is a God-fearing man, able to handle the word of God with boldness and confidence.  He is not afraid to touch, hug, or offer comfort.   He displays a great sense of humor.  He works as an assistant director in the community development relations department at City Hall.   


CHANTEL: a mischievous 10 year-old; daughter to FELICIA and TONY.  She is not shy, but full of energy.  She loves to have fun and learn, but she has a smart mouth. Because of her parents and grandmother, she is growing in the spirit of the Lord.   


LEE : singing role middle child of CHARLENE and FRANK and only son.  He is disrespectful toward family and friends, especially his father.  He quits school because “it’s for fools and idiots.”  He is an angry, young, black man, showing signs of falling in with a bad crowd and becoming a street thug.  As the play unfolds, he slowly evolves and becomes sensitive - able to cry and experience love, joy, and happiness.   


LISA : singing role incredibly young and vulnerable; youngest child of CHARLENE and FRANK.  LISA becomes a drug addict.  She is emotionally unable to deal with problems well.  She is in school, but becomes disillusioned with learning because of the instability of her home life.  She, too, evolves during the play, and ultimately becomes positive, uplifting, and encouraging.   AUNT GRACY 58 singing role older sister to CHARLENE. She is a church-going widow with plenty of money who dresses accordingly.  AUNT GRACY is very close to her sister CHARLENE, but hostile toward FRANK.     


JUDY : a neighborhood kid.  She has sticky fingers and is always at the home of CHARLENE and FRANK.  JUDY is a friend to CHANTEL.     ANGIE 58: friend to AUNT GRACY and the Shepard family. She is able to display humor with a child-like ability. ANGIE is also a widow.   


MRS. GREEN : CHARLENE’S next door neighbor and a close family friend.  She is a widow; her husband had an industrial accident at work.   

THE CAST OF ONLY GOD CAN CHANGE ME

CHARLENE SHEPARD (JEWELLYN KUBI)

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FRANK SHEPARD (JERRY WEEKLY)

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LISA SHEPARD (YANA NICOLE)

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LEE SHEPARD ( DISHON JR COLES)

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FELICA WASHINGTON ( CYNTHIA Hill)

 Cynthia  Hill is a professional journalist who spends her free time as a theatre  singer.  She has performed in musicals such as Dreamgirls and Beehive:  The 60s Musical. She has played Lorrell in Dreamgirls for Imagine  Productions' 2015-16 season in Columbus, Ohio. She is grateful to be  performing in such a meaningful show and hopes that countless people are  helped with addiction through the show's powerful message. 

AUNT GRACY (JOYCE STOKE BURKE)

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TONY WASHINGTON (AKEEM TOWNS)

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ANGIE

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CHANTEL WASHINGTON

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MRS GREEN

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JUDY

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OFFICER

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THE CREW

STAGE MANAGER (LaSHANTA LEWIS)

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MUSIC DIRECTOR (TAMMY FERMAN)

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SHELLY

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HOUSE MANGER (LaShana Lewis)

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RODNEY

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COSTUME AND MAKE UP (SANDRA

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