Why are people flocking to see the monthly Family of TDE production of “Lady Campbell’s Souper Soul Sundays” at the Ritz Theatre in Jacksonville Florida? What makes this presentation so special? Is it because it’s Christian based, yet loaded with drama, or is it because the charterers are doing far worse than we’re doing?
What is it about ‘soap operas’ that drive some people (yes, men & woman alike) with a desire to tune-in day-after-day to watch their particular story? What keeps their interest? Soap Operas have never been interesting to this writer because my Grandma use to watch them faithfully; yet as I sat and watched the first ten minutes of “Lady Campbell’s Souper Soul Sundays”, I was drawn in like water to a sponge and committed to come back to the Ritz every third Sunday of the month?
Why was this? Could it be the melodic-jazz coming from the soulful pipes of Akia Uwanda during the ‘mix-and-mingle’ prior to the show? Or is it the delectable morsel of delicacy’s that the Soulfood Bistro supplies?
Maybe it’s the suspense that the show offers. Could it be the fact that you will be shaking your head in unbelief of some of the scenes? Is it the comedy that most of the cast demonstrates through their witty lines? What about the wonderful rendition of the song “Take Me to the King” that was belted out by actress/songstress Angel McLaughlin? Yes, and it was also probably the praise dancers who floated back & forth as Aharia Riggins sang “The Blood” (see the video above).
During the play when you think that things are going to flow one way, the tables turn and things flow in another direction. The presentation will keep you guessing and yearning for the next installment. That could be why writer Jeanine J Michel leaves each show ending with a question mark.
After the curtain call, there was a treat from actor Tony Grant of Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor”. Tony serenaded the crowd with a couple of songs from his upcoming album. Besides acting – the brother can sing.
If you’ve never seen any of the previous shows, don’t worry – you will be caught up when you come in May by the flash back video. Take a look at the Slide Show above and the hilarious video from Episode II, HERE. There are many photo opportunities for you to take a snapshot with the actors, get autographs and enjoy socializing with those in attendance.
Stay tuned and check back for more information on the next installment of Lady Campbell’s Souper Soul Sunday at the Ritz.