Anika Noni Rose to speak at Colonial Williamsburg on July 4

From Tiana in Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” to Lorell Robinson in “Dreamgirls,” Anika Noni Rose has inspired audiences through her portrayal of strong female characters.

Rose’s newest role is with Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary in Residence, and she will debut it at CW’s Fourth of July celebration.

She will start the day at Hennage Auditorium giving a lecture on her choice of characters in theatre, film and TV.

“I’m thrilled that Anika Noni Rose is going to be having a conversation at the Hennage about her career,” said Bill Schermerhorn, creative director for signature events at Colonial Williamsburg.

“She plays wonderful, strong female characters, and it’s going to be a delight to speak with her about her choice of roles and how she sees the artists in the national conversation in America.”

Rose also will take part in the Lights of Freedom fireworks display. She will read a new poem by Virginia’s Poet Laureate Henry Hart from the Governor’s Palace balcony.

“(The poem) is all about Williamsburg as a community, and it’s called ‘Independence Day: An Invitation,’ ” Schermerhorn said.

Want to see her?

“Anika Noni Rose: A Revolutionary in Residence Conversation” will be 2-3 p.m. July 4, Hennage Auditorium, 326 W. Francis St. An additional $10 ticket is required. Purchase at

Lights of Freedom is 9-9:40 p.m. on the Palace Green of the Governor’s Palace. Free.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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