Spotlight, a partnership among the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA), Jefferson State Community College – St. Clair Campus and Pell City and St. Clair County School Systems, was first formed in January as a means to open new education opportunities in theater to area students and residents.
Since it’s launch, the program has provided more than 30 students with new dual enrollment opportunities. It also reached out to area schools to form or nurture drama clubs by creating an information-sharing network. And next month it will debut its first stage production.
Bus Stop is a classic literary play by William Inge about locals and travelers stuck together in a Midwestern diner overnight during a snowstorm. It will appear on the CEPA stage April 7-9. It’s eight-member cast features several first-time actors from across the county whose desire to bring a premier product to the area has kept them hard at work for months.
“It’s been a joy to watch these community members slowly become their characters, learning to be better actors while building friendships along the way,” said Spotlight Program Coordinator and Bus Stop Director Lesley Gray Warren. “With each rehearsal, I become even more convinced that this is the ideal cast for this show.”
Part of the original mission of the Spotlight program is to offer performance education opportunities where they have not existed previously. This is evident in the cast for Bus Stop, which includes two Jefferson State employees, two Jeff State students, two Pell City residents, a Vincent resident and a Jacksonville State University student. The cast is as follows:
Laura Urbahns (Grace), Al Guido (Dr. Lyman), Peyton Hudson (Cherie), Anna Farley (Elma), Nicholas Kin (Virgil), Chuck Cohron (Carl), Samuel Howard (Bo), Haven Phillips (Understudy, Assistant Director), and Mark Brown (Will)
Spotlight and its production of Bus Stop are generously supported through grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and Alabama Power. Local program partners are Webb Concrete and Building Materials and The Daily Home.
For tickets or more information visit www.pellcitycepa.com/tickets. You may also contact Program Coordinator Lesley Warren at (205) 338-1974 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in starting a Spotlight club in your school or community.