Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the SparrowBy Larry Parr
In this world premiere musical biography, Larry Parr celebrates the life of singer Ethel Waters.
Born in 1896 to a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters began her life in abject poverty, growing up in the slums of Philadelphia and the surrounding area. She never lived in one place for more than a few weeks at a time. Waters was blessed, however, with a singing voice, and would work her way through the black vaudeville circuit to Broadway and into Hollywood. She was known as a singer of jazz, blues and show music, but also for her strong Christian faith — she sang spirituals and gospel on tour with Billy Graham.
CHAUNDRA CAMERON a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is influenced by God’s love and support. She is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, LA (B.A. Degree), and holds a Master of Arts degree in Directing Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park. Since graduating, she has been a college instructor, as well as performed in Europe and the Caribbean. A few of her favorite credits in NY and regional theatre include: Golden Boy (City Center, NY), Yo Alice, directed by Maurice Hines, dual performances of Crowns, directed by Diane McIntire and choreographed by Mercedes Ellington, Menopause the Musical (MA & PA), Sophisticated Ladies (VT), The Devil’s Music as Bessie Smith (Florida Stage), Boesman and Lena as Lena and Red, Hot & Cole as Bricktop.
JANNIE JONES is thrilled to be back at FST after her two year run on Broadway in The Full Monty. You have seen her in My Castle’s Rockin’ by Larry Parr, Motown Cabaret, Back to the Forties With the Boiler Sisters, Blues in the Night, All Night Strut, Too Darn Hot and One-Hit Wonders. She has toured nationally and internationally in numerous shows, recorded with Barry White and appeared in soap operas and commercials.
Director & Choreographer | Dennis Courtney
Stage Manager | Stacy A. Blackburn*
Scenic Designer | Nayna Ramey
Costume Designer | Marcella Beckwith
Lighting Designer | Allen L. Mack
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.
The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.