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!