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2001 Miss Benedict College Dr. April K Returns to Columbia for Her Powerful One-Woman Stage Play "Beneath The Crown: A Survivor's Story"

Former Miss Benedict College Dr. April K brings her One-Woman Stage Play to USC’s Booker T. Washington Auditorium titled “Beneath The Crown: A Survivor’s Story” on Sunday, April 21, 2024.


Columbia, South Carolina (April 15, 2024)  – Dr. April K, a renowned advocate for survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse, is returning to her alma mater city of Columbia, South Carolina for the powerful one-woman show, “Beneath The Crown: A Survivor’s Story.” The Columbia debut takes place on Sunday, April 21, 2024, at USC’s Booker T. Washington Auditorium.

Dr. April K, the 2001 Miss Benedict College and daughter of Rev. Wayne and Connie Kelley of Anderson, South Carolina, will be baring her soul on stage, sharing a journey of overcoming unthinkable trauma to becoming the successful woman she is today.  “Beneath The Crown” is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit, receiving rave reviews for its raw and emotional storytelling.

When we started developing the touring schedule for the play, there was no question about Columbia being one of the cities I performed in,” says Dr. April K. “This is also the most difficult, as I introduce parts of my life that some friends and family may not be familiar with. But I recognize this as a type of ministry that may strengthen others. God gave me the strength to rise above my adversities, and I want others to know that despite what they may be going through, they can do the same.

Dr. April K, a holder of two doctorates and a Masters degree, is also a successful producer of stage and film projects, including collaborations with Javon Johnson of Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” fame.  She is a champion for survivors, serving as the Southeast Domestic Violence Coordinator for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and the Global Domestic Violence Coordinator for Beauty for Ashes Women’s Ministry.  She is also the founder of K4 Entertainment & Consulting, LLC and Art-Ism, an initiative designed to help special needs young people gain exposure to the professional world of arts and entertainment.

Dr. April K’s dedication to empowering others also extends to her work as a Title IX Trainer, focusing on colleges, universities, and high schools. Title IX protects all students from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and hostile environments.  Her training ensures schools remain in compliance and prioritize student safety alongside academic excellence.

No one understands what pageant girls and women go through, the secrets they have been made to keep, or the traumas they have to endure,” Dr. April K explains.  “That’s why my play is called ‘Beneath The Crown.’ It provides a true perspective on what some queens go through.

Audiences can expect a rollercoaster of emotions – tears, laughter, and a renewed sense of empowerment.  As one audience member described, “it’s a play where you feel charged about life when you leave.”

Dr. April K’s mission extends beyond the stage.  Audience members are encouraged to bring a toiletry item that will be donated to local Columbia women’s organizations following the show.  This initiative has become a cornerstone of “Beneath The Crown,” providing tangible support to those in need.

A Celebration of Columbia’s Strength

The performance will be followed by a special tribute to certain members of the Columbia community who played an integral role in supporting Dr. April K during her times of adversity and who are making significant positive impacts in the Columbia area today. Some of the special honorees and guest performers include Co-Pastors Dr. Jennifer and Dr. Aaron Bishop of Grace Christian Church, Minister Quinten Ball, famed performer Erik Glenn, Michael Mays, and Taisha O’Neal.

Join the Movement

Beneath The Crown: A Survivor’s Story” is more than a play; it’s a movement for healing and change.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  The Booker T. Washington Auditorium is located at 1400 Wheat Street on the USC campus in Columbia, South Carolina.  The doors open at 6:30 PM, and the showtime is 7 PM on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

About Dr. April K:

Dr. April K is a survivor, advocate, and multi-faceted artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. With a diverse background spanning film, theater, and activism, she uses her platform to elevate the voices of survivors and drive positive change in communities worldwide. Through her work as a film coordinator, regional DV coordinator, and global advocate, Dr. April K continues to inspire and empower others with her resilience and unwavering commitment to justice 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 :  Dr. April K , Beneath The Crown , Stage play , Sexual violence , domestic abuse , one-woman play , Miss Benedict College , Zeta Phi Beta , Booker T. Washington Auditorium , Title IX trainer

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