The 2016 CEPA Summer Drama Camp will be taught at The Pell City Center for Education and Performing Arts theatre next to the Pell City High School Campus. the camp is open for students age 6-18 years old. Campers will experience all aspects of the theatre, from improvisation and theatre games to technical and performanace skills. These skills will be showcased when the campers perform in “How To Eat Like A Child” on the final day of camp.
The camp will be taught by Ginger McCurry, Pell City High School drama teacher. Ms. McCurry has performed with a professional theatre company and taught music and theatre in the Pell City School System for many years.
This camp is a 10-day camp beginning on June 13, 2016 and concluding on June 24, 2016 with a performance scheduled to begin at 6:00pm on the 24th.
The Drama Camp hours will be:
Daily, June 13th – 24th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for ages 6-10
Daily, June 13th – 24th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for ages 11-18
Class production will be held Friday night, June 24th at 6:00 pm
The total cost for the 10-day Drama Camp is $200 per student. Snacks are included in the fee. Please complete the application and mail with your check for $200 to the CEPA office.
1st student – 10 days of camp – $200
Add a 2nd student – both attending 10 days of camp – combined total – $385
The Board of Directors of Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts has announced that Executive Director Kelly Wilkerson has resigned his post, effective June 1. He has been with CEPA for three years.
In a letter to the board in late February, Wilkerson said he wanted to spend more time with his family. The board has begun a search for his replacement.
“We appreciate the work Kelly has done for CEPA,” said Board President Carol Pappas. “He has done an admirable job working with scheduling the entire center’s operation, modernizing our ticketing system and web and technical improvements. He also secured funding for our movie screen and equipment,” which we hope will grow into a huge draw for CEPA audiences as we expand to present movies in our theater.”
Other changes are under way at CEPA, Pappas noted.
Prior to Wilkerson’s resignation, Artistic Director Kathy McCoy, who worked in a part-time capacity directing the community theater troupe, Pell City Players, and was responsible for programming, announced her retirement, effective March 6.
The Pell City Players, under McCoy’s direction, formed a nonprofit group in the fall that is separate from CEPA to give the group additional opportunities to tour its productions. “While we are disappointed that the Players will not be directly under our umbrella, we are excited about plans to provide productions featuring this talented group in our theater. We wish them the best.”
The executive director for CEPA will be responsible for programming, fundraising and administrative duties. The job description may be found online at www.pellcitycenter.com. Resumes may be sent to: Executive Director Opening, 25 Williamson Drive, Pell City, AL 35125. Applications will be taken until April 15.
Or for more information, you may contact board members Pappas, Matthew Pope, Bob Barnett, Henry Fisher or Randy Mason.
“We are really looking forward to a future we think is bright because of CEPA’s vast potential as an event center,” Pappas said. “There is really nothing like it in this state. Owned by the City of Pell City and the Pell City School System, this facility – a 400-seat state-of-the-art theater, a 2,500-seat sports arena and a grand lobby – has great potential to be a destination point not only for cultural arts and sports but for a diverse array of events that will add to the quality of life found in our city.”
Goals and objectives of CEPA are to build on the foundation already laid. As examples, Pappas cited the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling Museum on Main Street exhibit featured in the grand lobby with special programming in the theater. Statewide tournaments have been held in the arena. The children’s drama and art camp each summer is an integral part of our summer programming.
“National acts, such as The Platters and The Temptations, have played in the local theater. Events like these have brought in thousands of visitors and tourists, adding to the local economy and showcasing what Pell City and St. Clair County have to offer.”
In addition to its usage by the school system and for city events, “the CEPA board plans to bring in more noted acts of regional and national stature, lectures, special events and engaging programs that will benefit our citizens and our schools. These programs can act as a catalyst in making CEPA a regional attraction as well as expand our cultural arts reach,” Pappas said.
In addition to the five-member CEPA board, an advisory council is being tapped to provide greater input on planning for programming and the operation of CEPA going forward.
“While this is a time of great change,” Pappas said, “It also is a time of great opportunity. We built this center together as a community – the school system, the city, the county, the state, corporate and rank and file citizens – and we will take it to the next level together.”
You Can’t Google Everything! Google is giving an incorrect location for CEPA – The Pell City Center. Where’s how to get to CEPA!
120 Williamson Drive, Pell City, Alabama 35125
From Interstate 20
Take U.S. 231/ Martin Street South, go 1.5 Miles
Turn right at CVS, go 0.2 Miles
Turn right onto U.S. 78/Cogswell Avenue, continue 1 mile
Turn left onto Williamson Drive
Pell City High School will be on your left, Pell City Center on your right