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‘A Raisin in the Sun’ actor Cantrella Canady in the spotlight


Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts will present A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry May 3-13. Cantrella Canady plays the role of Ruth Younger.

Cantrella Canady stays busy – very, very busy. She rocked the Foulds Theatre earlier this season as Ruby in Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Seven Guitars.Theatre Conspiracy audiences will also recall her outstanding performances as Ma Rainey in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Lady Fidget in The Country Wife, Claudia in The Bluest Eye, Quincy/Bart Simpson in Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, and Lady in Green in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

Cantrella’s other acting credits include Sister Act: The Musical (for The Naples Players), Sister Act: The Musical (for Cultural Park Theatre), Mabel in The Pajama Game (for Cultural Park), Deborah Lake Fortson’s Body & Sold (for Lab Theater) and The Rauschenberg Project Play (also for Lab Theater)

Canady also appeared in Angela Pierre and the Motown 4 at Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral and hosted the “As Small as a Mustard Seed: Planting as We Grow” Benefit Dinner at The New Beginnings of SWFL. She also understudied for the role of Silvia in Cultural Park Theater’s production of All Shook Up.

Canady finds staged reading useful for expanding and honing her formidable acting skills. She read the part of Inez Jessie in Soulforce at Florida Gulf Coast University, Smoke during Florida Repertory Theatre’s PlayLab staged reading, and more recently, Routine at The Naples Players (January 28) and Julie at Lab Theater (February 12). Cantrella also currently co-hosts Divine Destiny Radio Talk Show and is a member of the Gospel Jams Radio Show, Jam Crew.

Her love of acting has also inspired her to perform in several community theater productions and web skits. She is enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Theater.

When she isn’t on stage bringing characters to life, Cantrella enjoys her free time by listening to all genres of music, attending live theatrical performances, spending time with her family, and traveling at any opportunity she gets.

April 1, 2018.



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