Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee returns March 8

On March 8 at 7 p.m., the biggest fundraiser of the year for the St. Clair County Chapter of The Literacy Council of Central Alabama returns to CEPA. It’s time again for the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee!

Last year, the team “IB4E” composed of Ann Hamilton, Joan Wright and Donna Hogan. Hamilton, took home the top prize in a hard-fought contest against the “SPELLICANS” form Jefferson State Community College, whose members were Jacob Melvin, David McRae and Amanda McDaniel.

The event raised more than $2,000 for the Literacy Council, which uses the funds in its mission to end illiteracy in St. Clair County by offering one-on-one tutoring and provides reading materials. Continue reading


Spotlight Moody to bring ‘Peter Pan’ to CEPA Feb. 23-24

For the 30 students in Moody High School’s Spotlight Drama Club, this month marks a milestone. It’s only been one year since the Club was formed, and its members are already producing their first full production.

On Feb. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., Spotlight Moody will present “Peter Pan” at the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA) in Pell City. The play is open to the public, with ticket prices at $5 for students and $7 for adults available at the door.

This classic tale of the adventures Peter and Wendy experience while going head-to-head with the evil Captain Hook and a ticking crocodile is loved by all. But Club members, led by sponsor Jonathan Hood,  have added their own twist to the classic tale that will thrill St. Clair audiences. Continue reading


Spotlight Announces Cast for Spring Production

In April, CEPA’s Spotlight drama program will premiere the comedy Four Weddings and an Elvis, and Director Lesley Warren said she couldn’t be happier with the cast.

“We held three audition opportunities, and people just kept coming!” Warren said. “I had no idea there were so many talented folks hiding in St. Clair County, but they sure did show up this time, and I can’t wait to see what they can do.”

Four Weddings and an Elvis is a comedy set in a Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. During the course of the play, the audience meets characters such as love-sick Beverly, tattooed convict Fist, washed-up movie stars Vanessa and Bryce and, of course, Elvis.  Continue reading


Moody, Pell City drama clubs each receive $500 grants for upcoming plays

This month, the Spotlight St. Clair Drama Education program supported two school clubs with $500 each for their upcoming plays at CEPA.

Spotlight Moody was awarded $500 to assist with production needs for Peter Pan, which will appear on the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA) stage on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24.

“Because of the opportunities provided by Spotlight, Moody High School has seen a significant increase in both participation and excitement within the drama club,” said Jonathan Hood, a Moody High School chemistry teacher and Spotlight club sponsor. “The grant money provided by Spotlight has been very helpful in increasing our capabilities as a club and has allowed us to pay for scripts, royalties, costumes, and sets for our upcoming production of Peter Pan.”

The Pell City High School Drama Club, also a Spotlight member, received funds to support its Spring play at CEPA – Big Fish, scheduled for April 26-29.

“The students and I are so thrilled we’ve become a Spotlight Club” said Ginger McCurry, PCHS drama teacher and Club sponsor. Continue reading