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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 3:15 pm, Fri Jul 19, 2013.

Vive Les Arts will celebrate Black History Month through most of February with its first production of “For Colored Girls...”

Based on “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange, the choreopoem, a form of drama that combines poetry and dance, “paints an unforgettable portrait of what it means to be a woman of color in the modern world,” a synopsis on www.vlakilleen.org stated.

Director Betsi Chamlee said she is excited to bring the script to life.

“It’s beautiful, but intense,” Chamlee said. “It’s not for kids, but the poetry is fantastic.”

Shange’s script examines issues such as domestic abuse, rape, murder and homosexuality through the eyes of various women identified by the colors they wear, Chamlee said.

“It’s all a path to seek joy and stay in the fight when bad things happen to you, around you and to people you know,” Chamlee said. “This is about change, and realizing dreams do change.”

Thirteen actors and crew members are involved in the production, with a “beautiful blend,” Chamlee said, of ages and experience levels.

Issues addressed in the production reach out to a not-so-distant part of American history, which young adult audiences can learn from, Chamlee said.

Assistant to the director Charmin Truesdale said attending the performance will provide audiences with a “great experience of culture.”

“Be sure not to miss it. Be sure to come. It is so emotional and thought provoking,” Truesdale said of the show. “On an adult level, it is more bang for your buck.”

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