Sing a Joyous Noise! Theatre Horizon to Present Philly-Regional Premiere of THE COLOR PURPLE

The popular musical is sure to be the hottest ticket during the holiday season, featuring some of the region’s most talented musical theatre stars.


“I’ll write you every day. Nothin’ but death will keep me from it!” This is the promise Celie’s sister makes as the girls are torn apart, setting in motion this moving chronicle of a Southern family over half a century. With a jubilant, Grammy Award-winning score including jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE will have its regional premiere at Theatre Horizon, a professional theatre company in Norristown, PA, from November 8, 2018 through December 9, 2018.


Theatre Horizon’s intimate staging of award-winning musical will be directed by local director and Broadway performer (Mamma Mia!, Godspell) Amina Robinson, who makes her company debut with this production.

“I am honored to join the team at Theatre Horizon for this intimate journey into the hearts of these amazing characters,” Robinson said.  “The word ‘love’ comes to mind when I think about THE COLOR PURPLE. When it feels like you have nothing left, where can love be found? The show answers that question in the heart of Celie’s story.  The answer is that love is found in us all.”

Photo by Alex Medvick

Featured in the cast are Jessica Johnson as Celie, Tyson Jennette as Mister, Jessica Money as Nettie, Donnie Hammond as Sofia, Ebony Pullum as Shug, Garrick Vaughan as Harpo, Tiffany Dawn Christopher as Olivia/Church Soloist, Candice Benson as Doris, Victoria Goins as Squeak, Jordan Dobson as Adam, Chelsea-Ann Jones as Jarene, Derrick L. Millard II as Preacher, Ryane Nicole Studivant as Darlene, and Chantel Thea Cumberbatch, Aaron-Michael Sobers, and Camille E. Young as Swings. Music Direction will be by Amanda Morton, with Choreography by Sanchel Brown.


Tickets to THE COLOR PURPLE go on sale to the general public on September 6, 2018 and start at $45.  Details can be found at

Press, please note: Theatre Horizon is expecting an extremely high volume of interest in press/influencer tickets for this production.  We may not be able to guarantee your first date preference. Please RSVP to Bryan Buttler as early as possible for best selection.



Theatre Horizon presents


Regional Premiere

November 8, 2018-December 8, 2018

401 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA



Book by Marsha Norman

Music & Lyrics by Brenda Russel, Aliee Willis, and Stephen Bray

Directed by Amina Robinson

Executive Honorary Producers: Tom & Carol Beam

Associate Honorary Producers: High & Carmen Simmons


ABOUT THEATRE HORIZON: Theatre Horizon brings Philadelphia’s finest professional actors and artists to Norristown to present compelling, contemporary theatre. Founded in 2005, Theatre Horizon has become a lauded contributor to the arts in Montgomery County, staging a critically-acclaimed season annually, reaching over 950 children each year through our drama classes and camps, and pioneering an autism drama program that inspires imagination and social development in individuals on the autism spectrum. These programs are the building blocks of our Theatre Horizon community in which all participants are encouraged to grow. Our offerings provide opportunities to understand unfamiliar perspectives, discuss common struggles, and simply enjoy a good story together.  We produce professional productions of thoughtful and inspiring plays and musicals. “Top-quality Theater is no longer confined to Center City,” proclaimed the Philadelphia Inquirer when we opened our new venue in 2012. In recognition of our work, Theatre Horizon was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and received the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company Award—one of only twelve companies in the nation to be honored with this prestigious award from the organization that presents the Tonys each year. We invite you to join us for a performance and discover Theatre Horizon yourself. More at

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