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Hometown Heroine Takes the Stage: A Story of Healing and Strength


Anderson, South Carolina, January 22, 2023 — Anderson, prepare to be spellbound. On February 27th, a daughter of our own soil, Dr. April Kelley (“Dr. April K.”), returns not just to South Carolina, but to the very heart of this community, the stage of the Twichell Auditorium. And she brings with her a story not just of triumph, but of the indomitable spirit that resides within each of us.

“Beneath the Crown: A Survivor’s Story” is more than a play; it’s a homecoming. Dr. April K., our Westside High alumna, bares her soul, not with vulnerability, but with the fierce grace of a survivor. She recounts the darkness that cast its shadow on her youth – sexual assaults by three different offenders, and the suffocating grip of domestic abuse. Yet, from the ashes of these experiences, she rose, not broken, but transformed.

This daughter of Anderson built an empire of empowerment. K4 Entertainment stands as a testament to her resilience, while her collaborations with fellow Anderson native Javon Johnson of Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” fame showcase her undying spirit. Beyond the spotlight, Dr. April K. champions the vulnerable, serving as Regional Domestic Violence Coordinator for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Global DV Coordinator for Beauty For Ashes Global Women’s Ministries. She equips our schools with the tools to combat abuse through her seasoned Title IX training, and even manages film projects through Fulton Films.

“Beneath the Crown” is not just a performance; it’s a beacon of hope. It’s the unfurling of a life lived against the tide, a testament to the power of healing and the unyielding strength that lies within us all. Dr. April K., bathed in the light of the stage, is not just a survivor; she is a warrior queen, her crown forged in fire, her reign one of compassion and empowerment.

Tickets are disappearing fast, Anderson. Don’t miss this chance to witness the triumph of one of our own. Fill the Twichell Auditorium with your thunderous applause, not just for Dr. April K., but for every survivor, every fighter, every soul who dares to dream. This is our story, Anderson. Let’s claim it, celebrate it, and show the world the unwavering spirit that beats within the heart of our community.

Be there, Anderson. We stand together, Beneath the Crown.

About Dr. April Kelly (Dr. April K)

Dr. April Kelly, also known as Dr. April K, is a multi-talented performer, writer, producer, and director of stage and film. She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, an international opera singer, and the film coordinator at Fulton Films in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. April K is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, sexual assault survivors, and victims of domestic violence. She uses her platform to empower others and create art that inspires hope and healing.

About the Play

“Beneath The Crown, A Survivor’s Story” is an amazing, autobiographical one-woman stage play that chronicles Dr. April K’s personal journey of overcoming unthinkable traumas to achieve remarkable success. The play is co-produced by Tyler Perry’s Javon Johnson and Author N. D. “Indy” Brennan.

For media inquiries, please contact:

K4 Entertainment & Consulting
Contact:  N. D. “Indy” Brennan


Tags :  Spartanburg Event, Anderson, South Carolina, Dr. April K, Benedict College Beneath The Crown, Coach Wes Lee, The Art Place, Twichell Theater, Javon Johnson, Indy Brennan, K4 Entertainment, One-Woman show, One-Man Show, JJP, MADDCity Media Group

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