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Overflowing with Joy

There are only three characters in High Heels and Hoodoo, and the one we were most worried about casting turned out to be the quickest and easiest.  Madam Josephine is a Gullah root doctor (aka a hoodoo practitioner), and we figured it would be tough to find an actress who could pull off a convincing Gullah accent without it sounding fake or campy.  But when we met with our casting director Richard Futch, the first name out of his mouth was Joy Vandervort-Cobb.  Richard had cast Joy in several episodes of Army Wives, as well as in a movie where she played a Gullah woman.  Richard showed us her head shot, and she had such a great look that we crossed all of our fingers and toes hoping she’d nail the part. 

When we received her audition, we did a little fist pump.  Not only does the accent sound great, but she has this amazing, smoky voice that’s perfect for working hoodoo magic in a graveyard at midnight.  She also easily conveyed Madam Josephine’s no-nonsense attitude.  We’ve found our root doctor!

Joy Vandervort-Cobb by DiDi Hendley

Joy is an Associate Professor of African American Theatre and Performance at the College of Charleston, and just a few minutes of googling reveals her students absolutely adore her.  In addition to her film and television credits, she has also written and performed her own highly-regarded one-woman show.  We are thrilled to have Joy portraying one of our three strong southern women, and we’re relieved the casting for this part turned out to be so painless.