The Show Must Go On
Despite a tremendous effort on the part of Wall Street Nightclub and our many friends and partners in the Columbus community, issues with frozen pipes at the venue have continued to hamper our production of Dreamgirls. In consideration of our patrons, many of whom have already adjusted plans from our original opening weekend and are coming from out of town, Imagine has made the decision to move the entire run of the production to Axis Nightclub, 775 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43215.
Our friends at Axis are able to accommodate all scheduled performances except for Friday, March 6th, which will now be cancelled. All other show times and dates will remain the same. If you are ticket holder for the Friday, March 6th production, Imagine will contact you to reschedule or refund your ticket. Due to the change, seating for all performances will now be GENERAL ADMISSION and patrons will be seated first come, first served. Accessible seating will still be honored. More seats will be made available to accommodate exchanges from the cancelled performances and walk-ins are always welcome. Our online ticket sales will be temporarily disabled while the box office team switches seat holders to the new venue and communicates with patrons of the cancelled performance.
We appreciate your patience through this complex process and apologize for the last minute change. The cast and crew have put their heart and soul into this production and this change ensures the opportunity to perform it. We appreciate the support from our patrons and the friends in the Columbus theatre community who have worked to secure this opportunity. All patrons that have purchased seats will receive an email with more details regarding the venue change. Please contact us with any additional questions via email at email@example.com or by phone at (614) 398-1110.
Axis Nightclub is located in the Short North, just one mile north of the original venue. Metered street parking may be available and there is a parking garage just a block away from Axis at 30 E. Hubbard Ave.
Dreamgirls has not been performed in Columbus for years, and the challenge of reviving the iconic musical is thrilling for Imagine and the talented cast. Effie White, portrayed in Imagine's production by Christina Turner, sings the hit "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and is one of the most well known characters in Broadway. We took a some time to ask Christina about her experience preparing for the role. You can see Christina, along with her equally talented castmates, perform Dreamgirls at Wall Street Nightclub February 20 - March 8, 2015.
Do you remember the first time you learned about Dreamgirls?
First time I learned about Dreamgirls I had to be about 7 years old and I heard "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" on the radio.
Is Effie a bucket list role for you?
What other roles to you hope to perform in the future? Effie White is absolutely a bucket list role!!
What has been the most challenging part of learning this role thus far?
The most challenging part of learning this role thus far is making sure I portray Effie as not just a diva, but capturing all of her complexities and layers; Why she is the way she is.
What has been the most fun part of learning this role?
The most fun part of learning this role is belting out such fabulous songs!
Are there parts of Effie's character that you relate to in real life?
There are definitely parts of Effie's character that I relate to in real life, such as: Effie's stubbornness. I'm a Taurus, and we are notoriously known for being stubborn. We also share in common the fact that we are both quite misunderstood.
What is your go-to audition song?
Usually my go-to audition song is "Mama Will Provide" from Once On This Island.
What do you like to sing at karaoke?
Usually any Kelly Clarkson song is a great to sing at karaoke....and TLC's "No Scrubs" is a lot of fun!!
Favorite rehearsal snack?
Watching Indie Flicks
What was the first musical theatre role you have ever portrayed?
The first role I ever portrayed was Aunt Em in "The Wiz".
Jennifer Holiday or Jennifer Hudson?
Jennifer Hudson's acting and Jennifer Holliday's musical interpretation. But if I had to choose, I'd go with Jennifer Holliday.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Thank You Imagine Production for this opportunity to portray such an iconic and DREAM role; I've literally been wanting to play Effie White since I was about 17 years old and I am finally getting the chance! Now I'm ready to sing, dance, act and tear the stage down!