“The Color Purple” is a timeless film and a mainstay of The Black Cinematic Experience. This tale of a poor, black woman struggling to find freedom and inner peace in the rural South has endeared itself to the generations. From the magic Alice Walker first penned onto paper, then a movie, and now musical theater! Oprah Winfrey’s version of the play has become somewhat of a permanent fixture of Broadway, selling out in theaters nationwide whenever there’s a tour. Look out though, there is a newcomer on the scene and she, along with her crew, are placing their stamp on The Color Purple scene after scene! Kontrol Magazine is proud to introduce you to Joyce Licorish–philanthropist, director, producer, and rising star!
Joyce began her tango with musical theater off a fluke. She and a few of her girlfriends in high school decided to do a talent show and cover one of En Vogue’s songs. Surprisingly, her girls choked, but they ended up winning the show because Joyce did not and sang the group to victory. “…after that everyone was like you really have a gift…your voice has a classical sound to it…you should try to musical theater…” Joyce did far more than try! She honed her craft and appeared in a number of musical productions and sang with a band. After years of doing what she loved, she was given the opportunity to give back to the Indianapolis community when her father turned over his community outreach program, “The Cupboard” to her.”My father was getting up in age and asked me to take over the warehouse belonging to the organization and at first I was hesitant to do so…at the time I was busy singing with a band and making music all over the city…when he [her father] asked me to take over I realized I needed to be smart about how I could do it…” Not only was she smart–she became successful!