What Others Have Said...
"Newcomers Jarrad Baker (as Coalhouse Walker) and Claire D. Kolheim (as his girlfriend Sarah) are powerful vocal forces in the cast.
Their duet of "Wheels of a Dream" is a highlight of the season."
"... Claire D. Kolheim as Sarah and Carla [McDonald] as Mother are fine actresses with powerful voices. Sarah's duet with Coalhouse, "Wheels of a Dream," is one of the evening's several showstoppers..."
--- George Conroy - ArtsMemphis.com Rants & Raver
THE COLOR PURPLE REVIEWS:
"Exuberant, heartfelt 'The Color Purple' scores triumph at Playhouse on the Square. “The Color Purple” at Playhouse on the Square is a rousing success on nearly every level. The cast is a mix of veterans of the Playhouse stage and newcomers — all of whom impress... Claire D. Kolheim is splendid in portraying Celie’s transformations."
"PURPLE REIGN: ...[Tony] Horne's cast for The Color Purple is an embarrassment of riches, top to bottom... But for being an ensemble show, The Color Purple is only as good as its Celie, and Claire D. Kolheim has never been better. If you've seen other productions of The Color Purple and either found it tedious or thought it all zipped by too quickly, you might give the show a second chance. The Playhouse cast has something you can't buy, borrow, or steal: chemistry..."
BEST OF ENEMIES REVIEW:
"I especially like the two leads. Ms. Kolheim would be delightful in the Octavia Spencer role in THE HELP. Her portrayal is angry, sassy, subtle, moving - in a relatively short time, she has established herself as one of Memphis' best actresses (with plays like RAGTIME and HAIRSPRAY in her resume).
SISTER ACT REVIEW:
Feature article: Claire Kolheim dives into comedic role in ‘Sister Act’ at Playhouse on the Square
"Sister Act's a show that's made to be stolen by Deloris, and Kolheim is more than up to the challenge. She's consistently grounded and human in a script that tries its best to turn all of its characters into sight gags. She's also funny, and it's no mystery to Memphis audiences what happens when she opens her throat to sing. At the end of Sunday's matinee, Kolheim improvised a lyric into the finale. "You were fabulous," she warbled to the audience. Judging by the warm response, the feeling was mutual."
KISS ME KATE REVIEW:
"Beyond the four main players, a number of secondary roles should be singled out. Claire D. Kolheim's "Hattie" dazzles with "Another Op'nin, Another Show" (were it not for Irving Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business," this would be my No. 1 I-Love-Theater anthem)."
2017 Ostrander Award Winner - Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
2016 Ostrander Award Winner - Best Leading Actress in a Musical
There is no hiding the comedic and vocal talents of this bundle of pure pleasure who once again shows us why she is a treasure in any role she plays. Already established as a vocal powerhouse and a dramatic force to be reckoned with, this actress tried a new habit and proved she has comedy chops too.
2015 Diversity on Stage Awards - Actress of the Year
2014 - 2015 Season including Best of Enemies, Hairspray, and We Live Here
2014 BroadwayWorld Awards (Memphis) - Best Actress in a Play
BEST OF ENEMIES
BroadwayWorld's 2014 Memphis Awards. Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Civil Rights Activist, Ann Atwater
2013 Ostrander Award Winner - Best Leading Actress in a Musical
THE COLOR PURPLE
From the moment she stepped on stage, this multi-talented actress captured our hearts and with her powerful and heartrending performance, leading us on an emotional journey of sorrow, hope, joy and love.
2012 Ostrander Award Winner - Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
IN THE NEXT ROOM... or the vibrator play
This multi-talented actress' portrayal of a wet nurse turned confidant was multi-layered, deeply moving, and wonderfully performed.
2011 Ostrander Award Winner - Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Her emotionally charged and touching portrayal of a proud yet vulnerable woman was a standout in this all-star cast.
Photo Credit: Chris Neely, John Moore, and Noby Edwards