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Further ‘Purple’

Denton Community Theatre ends its run of The Color Purple: The Musical About Love this weekend.

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple follows a poor Georgia girl, Celie, from her abusive home to her arranged marriage to moneyed free man Albert Johnson, whom she calls “Mister.”

The Color Purple still ruffles feathers 31 years after the novel’s publication because Celie recalls her life in Georgia without censoring its horror: neglect, beatings, rape at the hands of her father, and eventually, a marriage full of spite, humiliation and more physical abuse.

Celie, played by Genine Ware, rises to the occasion when she meets Shug Avery (KayDee Carr) — the love of Albert’s life and a saloon singer — and discovers both independence and success.

Musical director Arturo Ortega leads Denton Community Theatre’s cast through the score, which makes ample use of jazz, blues and gospel. Award-winning local director Theresa Buntain is at the helm of the musical.

— Lucinda Breeding