The Gift Way Up in the Closet: The Musical

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Fullwood Theater (Home of Matthews Playhouse)
100 W. McDowell Street
Matthews, NC 28105

Book by Dawn Nicole Anthony

Music & lyrics by S. Kristi Douglas and Dawn Nicole Anthony

Directed by John Watson

Meet the Playwright - Dawn Nicole Anthony


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Dawn Nicole Anthony wrote “The Gift Way Up in the Closet” because she wants children to seek to know and exercise the gifts they’ve been given—the same way her Grandmother, Ella Mae, helped her find her gift of music. Dawn earned her degree in music from Queens University of Charlotte, but still pursues her love for learning, performing and teaching through cultural exchanges and musical collaborations beyond the stage and classroom. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but raised in Georgia, she considers herself a northerner with a southern heart! Dawn attributes her versatility and skill to sing other genres to her classical training. Singing everything from classical to jazz, and musical theater to gospel--she thrives on challenging herself to grow as a musician, and making connections with others beyond the words and notes on the page. 

Dawn is honored to serve as Musical Director for “The Gift Way Up in the Closet: The Musical.”


Meet the Cast & Creative Team


bria alexander as “melody”

belinda alexander as “mama”

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julian figgers as “remi”

vanessa figgers as “grandma”



christian nicole richter as “mrs. darby”

john watson - director



s. kristi douglas - music & lyrics