COLUMBIA – Workshop Theater has delayed the opening of ‘The Color Purple’ to January 21 due to the current state of COVID-19 cases in the Midlands.

“We want everyone – the cast, crew and audience members – to stay safe,” said Workshop Theater executive director Jeni McCaughan. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we want to continue to provide a healthy and safe space for everyone to enjoy the theater. “

The reprogrammed execution dates and times are:

January 21-22, 27-29 and February 3-5 at 8 p.m. and January 23 and 30 at 3 p.m. at Columbia College’s Cottingham Theater.

Roland Haynes, of South Carolina State University, is the musical director of The Workshop Theater adaptation of the musical “The Color Purple”.

Haynes is also the group’s keyboardist for the show, while Ryan Fox, another Visual and Performing Arts Music Unit instructor, plays woodwinds in the group.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 803-799-6551 from noon to 5 p.m. during the week. On weekends, the ticket office opens two hours before the start of the show. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show.

All performances of “The Color Purple” will take place at Columbia College’s Cottingham Theater, 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia. Parking is available on campus. The Workshop Theater production is sponsored by The Lampkin Law Firm and Country Boy Kitchen by Jeffrey Lampkin.