The monologues & actors really brought these women to life, made them real and revealed personalities.

— Jeannie Mitternight

The Originals Cast
in alphabetical order

Angelique Feaster

Angelique Feaster

Angelique Feaster (Clementine Hunter, Director)

Angelique Feaster is the artistic director of the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre in Shreveport, and founder of the biannual Southern Black Theatre Festival.  She collaborated with Shreveport’s most recognized actors, choreographers, and directors to mount “Waiting to be Invited” and “CROWNS.” Her directing credits also include “The Drum and Indigo Blues” by Judi Ann Mason, “Ritual Murder” by Thomas Dent, and a staged reading of “For Colored Girls” by Ntozake Shange.  Feaster’s acting credits include television (a co-starring role on the Lifetime Television series THE DIVISION), industrial documentary film (she starred in “The Early Bird” cancer video produced by Feist-Weiller Cancer Center), and regional and local commercials; her stage roles include “CROWNS,” “Frankenstein,” “Having Our Say”, and “The Women.” Feaster is a State-certified creative educator and a motivational speaker on the topics of the arts, etiquiette, communication, empowerment, and self-enhancement. Feaster is a Centenary College graduate with a B.A. in Speech and Theater, and a Masters in Education Administration. In addition to portraying Clementine Hunter, Angelique Feaster is the Director of the “Originals” Company.

Kendra Cherie Gray

Kendra Cherie Gray

Kendra Cherie Gray (Marie Thérèze Coincoin)

Kendra Cherié Gray, who also serves as the company’s Wardrobe Mistress, is a product of Shreveport schools. Gray credits her Montessori beginnings and her Caddo Magnet High School years with fostering her passion for theater and the arts. Since 2007, she’s worked with Theatre Performing Arts and YAZZY (Youths Celebrating Jazz Music), where she inspires children ages 6 to 18. Gray’s credits include “Yazzy Presents Swing with a Salute to James Brown,” “Monstrous Joys,” in collaboration with the Booker T. Washington Drama Department, and “Cadillac’s Spare Tire: A Salute to Michael Jackson.” Gray is currently working toward a double major in history and theater at LSU Shreveport.

Sharon Penson

Sharon Penson

Sharon Penson (Marie Thérèze Coincoin)

Projects Manager for the Shreveport Airport Authority, Sharon Penson manages to balance her acting career with her business acumen. Most recently, she played Mamie in “The Face of Emmett Till” with the Extensions of Excellence, the Lady in Blue in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” with the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre, and Rhea Daye in “Righteous Saints of Greater Faith” with the LaElite Players. Penson was awarded the 2009 Best Leading Actress Award at the Southern Black Theatre Festival.

Nerverlyn Townsel

Neverlyn Townsel

Neverlyn Townsel (Nellie Lutcher)

Neverlyn Townsel, a popular actor and vocalist in the Shreveport area has appeared as the lead in James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner,” a performance that won her the Best Actress Award at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Recently, she performed to rave reviews in Regina Taylor’s “CROWNS,” for which she again won Best Actress. Townsel has performed in numerous Mahogany Ensemble Theatre Productions, including “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,” “The Bluest Eye,” and “The Madam C.J. Walker Story.”  She has also performed in productions with Extensions of Excellence, including “A Song for Coretta,” “Livin’ Fat,” and “Papa’s Blues.” Townsel is a gifted speaker and vocalist and currently performs with the Adoration Gospel Ministries.

Wilma Moore Young

Wilma Moore Young

Wilma Moore Young (Nellie Lutcher, understudy for Clementine Hunter)

Wilma Moore Young, an actor and vocalist, is known for her portrayals of strong African American women, among them Mrs. Breedlove in Mahogany Ensemble Theatre’s production of “The Bluest Eye,” and Mama in “A Raisin in the Sun,” and she played Ms. Hattie in Angels of Faith Theatrical Productions’s “I Don’t Want To Go To Heaven.” Her writing, directing and producing credits include “The Hour Glass,” “The Role of Della,” and “United We Stand.”  Young is also understudy for Clementine Hunter.