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WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST

NAKIA ABRAM

(Guardian Angel/Dancer)

Nakia is from Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Rutgers University. She’s been casted in repertories of renowned choreographers such as Mark Morris, Darrell Moultrie and Christian Von Howards. Nakia was chosen to dance with the Donna Uchizono Company at the Joyce Theater. She also performed “Marble Halls” by Mark Morris and “Differences in Sections” by Darrell Moultrie at the Joyce Theater. Nakia teaches modern and praise dance to youth ages 4-12. She was also the assistant dance coordinator for Liberated Gospels: Dancers of Liberated Praise, creating choreography that has brought them joy to the stage.

 

JENNIFER BELL

Nana

Jennifer has been singing since the time she could speak. She grew up in the many choirs affiliated with First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ and still, to this day, is a soprano member of their Mass Choir, Women’s Choir and Praise and Worship Ensemble. In her mid-20’s, she toured with The Jenkins Brothers all across the Tri-State area. Aside from music, Jennifer has been nursing for over 30 years. She is the mother of five beautiful children and is widowed by her loving husband, Howard Keith Bell, Sr. Jennifer is very outgoing and is known for her hilarious jokes and for lifting people’s spirits through comedy.

 

BRI’YON BRINSON

DJ

Bri’yon is a senior at Rider University, pursuing a BA in both Political Science and Musical Theatre, making his main stage debut in Another Chance, A Gospel Musical Drama. He’s had the pleasure of performing in many local productions such as The Lion King (Mufasa), Who Tells Your Story, A Hamilton Revue (George Washington), Sarafina (Crocodile), and Motown (Berry Gordy). He’s also had the honor of traveling locally and internationally to instruct and mentor youth and adults in the arts, teaching dance, step, voice and acting! He’s grateful that he’s sharing this next chapter of his life with such a dynamic cast!

 

JAMES DALE

Kevin

James was raised in Jamaica Queens, New York with a strong love for music. At the age of 14, James was enrolled into a gifted music program where he developed as a vocalist and songwriter. Since then James has been blessed to come in contact with some of the most outstanding names in the music industry such as Richard Smallwood, John Legend, Common, Fabulous, SIA, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, Johnny Gill, Tamia and the great Emily Cissy Houston. James has toured overseas in Germany as well as Argentina. He is currently a part of the National Action Network Committee where he serves as the musical leader behind Al Sharpton. James Dale also started his own company called SemajMuzic which specializes in offering live entertainment services to events as well as artists.

 

BRIELLE FRAGE

Understudy Jasmine

Brielle has been singing since 2 years old. She sings in choirs and currently leads worship at Emmanuel Tabernacle in Linden, NJ. Brielle ministers all over the world from Italy to New York City. She’s been in a few productions: Camp Rock, Footloose, and High School Musical. Brielle has been ranked 9th nationally in the Fine Arts Festival, and was in the final 20 of the syndicated television show “Sunday Best” on B.E.T. She desires to worship God through her gifts and bring Glory to God as she continues to let God use her.

 

DAPHNE HALL

Understudy Nana

Daphane is a licensed minister, singer, praise and worship leader, and prayer intercessor. She attended Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina where she majored in vocal performance. The Lord has provided her with opportunities to sing and record with numerous choirs, groups, and pastors such as The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Harmonious Voices, Pastor Dale Ciceron and O4C, Pastor Rita Twiggs, Pastor Shirley Ceaser, and Bishop Hezekiah Walker and she was also the featured soloist on the song “My Faith Looks Up to Thee.”

 

TIERRA JONES

Guardian Angel/Dancer

Tierra is a 20 year old female dancer who fell in love with dance at the age of 14. Tierra was trained under LaToya James and several others at Dream Makers Dance Studios. Tierra plans to use “Another Chance” as a building block to jumpstart her career. She was a featured dancer in the “Balance of Love,” written and directed by Carl Jenkins, and performed in Atlantic City. Tierra also accomplished and received many awards and goals throughout her years of training and she hopes to continue to succeed and ultimately leave a positive mark.

 

GREGINALD SPENCER

Pastor Brown

Greginald is an international entertainer, singer, recording artist, actor, event host, music director and activist. He is best known for his enormous personality and his powerful and soulful vocals. In 2012 Greginald was the very first winner of BET’s Apollo Live, the revival of the legendary talent competition Showtime at the Apollo, with guest judges, Gladys Knight, Doug E. Fresh and Michael Bivins. Greginald has since become the newest addition to the Apollo Theater’s cast as the M.C. of the iconic Amateur Night competition. Greginald’s prayer is that his testimony of trials and triumph will inspire a generation of dreamers to never give up on their dream, no matter how impossible they may seem.

 

VERNAE TAYLOR

Aunt Grace

Verane is a NJ native and an alumna of Rutgers University. This will be her second Off-Broadway production, as she also starred in the National Tour of Almost Heaven: “Songs of John Denver (2008).” Film credits include: Zahra and the Oil Man (Official Selection American Black Film Festival 2019), Joker (2019), Pain for Love (2018), Quiet (2016). Regional theatre credits include: Simply Simone (Nina), Amen Corner (Sister Boxer), Ready to Grow (Judge Sharp), The Wiz (Glinda). She recently appeared in Balance of Love at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City and just released her collaborative work Break Through.

 

MALCOLM WALLACE

Slim/Fallen Angel

Malcolm looks forward to bringing the character of Slim to life and really making Malcolm “Slim” and vice versa. This extraordinarily talented 18 year old comes from a dancer’s background where he’s been training for 7 years at Dream Maker’s Dance Studio. Malcolm has won several competitions, traveled on tour with Debbie Allen’s “BOTK” production, danced background for Mariah Carey’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and appeared in “Law and Order SVU.” He is excited to share the stage with his fellow cast members and bringing a smile to the audiences.

 

AHLYAH B. WILLIAMS

Jasmine

Ahlyah is a graduate of Lycoming College with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. She was the understudy for Carol and a member of the chorus in a production of The Homecoming. At Lycoming College she appeared in Cabaret as Fraulein Kost and a Kit Kat girl, Between the Tigris and Euphrates as Ines, Columbus as Faith, She Kills Monsters as Agnes, Urinetown as Penelope Pennywise, Songs of a New World as woman 1 and 2, and The Drowning Girls as Bessie. She is a member of APO, where she held the positions of Chaplin and Social chair on Lycoming College’s campus.

 

MARCUS WILLIAMS

Ace/Fallen Angel

Marcus is a gifted Hip Hop/spoken word artist from the Bronx, New York, the literal birthplace of hip-hop music. He’s from a Caribbean background with both his parents being Jamaican bred and having instilled in Marcus to work hard and do his best in whatever he does. “Those values stay with me. And I do my best for them to come through in my craft, spoken word/hip hop, acting, entrepreneurship and mentorship. “The latter being the most important to me as all of my gifts tie into being the change that I want to see in the world, starting with my community and beyond.”