Video: Troika Leave For International Debut In NC

July 27, 2013

TROIKA Bermuda left the island today [July 27] to make their international performance debut at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival [NBTF] in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Founded in 1989 with Dr. Maya Angelou serving as the Festival’s first Chairperson, the NBTF is held biennially and attracts more than 65,000 people over the six days.

Troika Bermuda, July 27 2013-1

Out of over 130 entries from theatre companies throughout the United States, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean; TROIKA Bermuda’s Work In Progress #3 original production entitled ‘Misunderstood’ was selected as one of the 30 main stage productions to be featured at this year’s festival.

The sold out performances of ‘Misunderstood’ were originally staged at The City Hall Theatre in 2012. ‘Misunderstood’ is a 90 minute riveting theatrical choreo play with music, about a group of forsaken students who look for their purpose and meaning in a world that seems to only want to confine their dreams and passions.

TROIKA Co-Founder Seldon Woolridge, performers Shana Parker and Coy Millett speak at the airport and the group performs:

The production was directed by Lawrence Floyd from New York City and choreographed by local choreographer, Zalika Millett. The music was directed and composed by Leroy Francis.

Over 25 TROIKA Players will be spending this summer in intense rehearsals in preparation for this international performance. While at the festival the TROIKA Players will also have the opportunity to participate in a youth talent show, workshops, network, and attend other productions being featured at the festival.

Quick look at a TROIKA performance in 2012:

Misunderstood will run for 4 performances at the festival. The dates are as follows: Wednesday July 31st at 3pm,Thursday, August 1st at 8pm, Friday, August 2nd at 8pm and Saturday, August 3rd at 3pm. Tickets for the performances go on sale soon and more information can be found online via:

2013 marks the fifth year since TROIKA’s inception, and the charity said this international performance opportunity marks a very important milestone in their history.

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  1. Best wishes to our Bermuda group

  2. Auntie Zuzu says:

    To my Troika Family! Auntie is cheering you all on! I am SO proud of you and I love each of you. Much love to Seldon and Shoa! God is good! xo

  3. Nathelee & Ras Mykkal says:

    Congratulations to the entire Troika family…. embrace this huge opportunity, have fun.. and take on the world through the arts. God has blessed this group and I pray for continued progress and much success both now and for the future.

    On a personal note, Shoa I’m sooooo proud of you sista:) Peace and Love

    Pray that you all have a safe trip. God Bless