"You'll walk away with a feeling of hope," she said.
And despite some intense scenes in a play about domestic violence, there are humorous lines, but Williams won't be delivering them this time. Those go to her friend Shayla Leftridge, who's playing the strong-willed Sofia. Leftridge starred as Effie, the lead in "Dreamgirls," after being talked into auditioning by Williams.
"One of my girlfriends talked me into trying out for 'The Wiz,'" recalled Williams about her first Guild show in 2005. "Tiffany Wesley Plear is a dancer in this show. We performed together in the African Dance and Drum Ensemble [at WVU] and she is my matron of honor when I get married this fall. The Guild is like family."
So much so that Williams' mother tried out for the show with her. Karen P. Williams is Darlene, one of the "gloating ladies" in her second Guild production. In 2010, for her 30th birthday, Williams asked her mother to audition for "Dreamgirls." She did and was cast in a small part.
It was her father, John Williams, who gave her the best advice about the theater. Williams said after being active in shows at Capital High School, she considered majoring in theater at WVU. "My father told me, 'Get a day job first and aspire for your dreams after your household is in order.'"
Williams majored in business administration and is a career development consultant with the SPOKES (Strategic Planning in Occupational Knowledge for Employment and Success) program under RESA III.
From 2008 to 2010, she served on the Guild's board. She remembers board president Tim Whitner's determination to acquire the rights to "The Color Purple" as soon as they became available.
And unlike her character Celie, Williams said her fiancé, Lawrence H.J. Sewell, has been very supportive of her. "He helps me study my lines. He does the voices for all the characters."
It's all in the family -- figuratively and literally -- when it comes to a Guild show.
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