At Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices, unique works for youth go beyond child's play
From left, Manu Kumasi, Lauren Du Pree, Paige Hernandez, Mark Halpern, Thony Mena and Jefferson Russell were among more than 50 Washington-based actors performing at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices. (Margot Schulman)
City Arts "Du Pree, with a voice more steel than silk, is on my current list of "would listen to sing the phone book" performers..."
The Eastside Scene "Lauren Du Pree is a surprise standout as Kanika, the "bottom girl" in the bordello enslaving Efua and Balinda. Du Pree has relatively little time onstage but performs what is easily the most powerful and mournful entry in the show's song list, "No Control." As Efua's guide into hell, Du Pree plays Kanika as hardened but deeply empathetic."
MD Theatre Guide "Savoyards newcomer Lauren Du Pree (Charlayne) easily stole the show with her precocious sense of humor, unstoppable dancing and ability to sing like a diva in “Handful Of Keys” or mask her unbelievable pipes with off-key comedic singing in “Yacht Club Swing.” This recent college graduate is a future star to keep on your radar."
MD Theatre Guide "Lauren Du Pree, a local and personal favorite, carried the show as Orphie without one dip in enthusiasm and energy, and her singing was consistently strong and beautiful."
DC Theatre Scene "As the title character of Orphie, Lauren Du Pree is lovely in voice and has a great presence on the stage. Playing young isn’t always easy, but Du Pree was able to make us see the young, frightened orphan who longs to find a hero yet becomes one herself."