How to turn your unused tools into drama education

As the new SPOTLIGHT Program gets off the ground, we find ourselves lacking in an important area. We don’t have any stuff.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. “How do you not have stuff? That building has been there for 10 years? You’ve probably got stuff coming out your ears!” Well, you’re right. We’ve got lots of that stuff. It’s other stuff we need. Namely, tools.

See, we’ve got lots of stuff. Just not many tools.

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Trivia Takedown on Jan. 26 to support FBLA students’ trip to California

On Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Pell City High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) will be bringing competition to the CEPA stage during the inaugural Trivia Takedown.

Teams will face head to head in intense and fast paced Jeopardy-style matches until there is only one team remaining. Each team has the chance to fight their way to the top and win a grand prize.

“These students put their minds together to come up with a different approach at fundraising for their trip this summer,” Club Sponsor Danielle Pope said. “Several different ideas were thrown around, but I believe that this Trivia match is a great opportunity for our community to come together and have fun all the while supporting a cause.”

This event is open to members of the community. FBLA is requesting local friends and organizations to create teams consisting of four to five (4-5) players, and asking for a $100 entry fee per team.

Entry forms can be obtained by emailing, and entry fees can be mailed to Pell City High School FBLA, 1300 Cogswell Ave, Pell City, AL, 35125 or delivered to the front office at the high school.

All proceeds benefit the FBLA’s 2017 trip to Anaheim, Calif. to compete in the National Leadership Conference, where members come to test their knowledge and skills through competitive events, share successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their careers through workshops and exhibits.

Will your team deliver the knockout punch?

The Life and Loves of Zachary Mason

By Sarah Bain

God redeems the losses we see as endings into blessings that go on, and on, and on.

EXCITEMENT FILLED THE ROOM. The nurse had just announced, “It’s a boy.” Time passed — almost an hour. Family and friends became concerned, gathered in a circle, held hands, and began to pray. We all knew something had to be wrong.

When the family was finally allowed back into the birthing room, we found the parents were now more than parents. They were champions of their precious new baby. Zachary was born with Down syndrome. The doctor had taken time to explain what that meant, this sudden unexpected surprise, to the parents. We were all overwhelmed, but we were also determined to join together as advocates for this baby. Continue reading

Catch “Acting Isn’t for Everyone: Part I”

Announcing auditions for the SPOTLIGHT Production of William Inge’s “Bus Stop”. Visit for more or see below!

Special thanks to Ginger McCurry, Bob Barnett and Mike Riley. Video filmed and produced by Ascend Promotion and Production, Jan. 2017.

CEPA presents “Bus Stop,” a play by William Inge, as part of its 2017 Spring Season. The performance will be directed by Spotlight Program Coordinator Lesley Warren.

Auditions will be held on the CEPA stage (25 Williamson Drive, Pell City, AL 35125) Jan. 23 at 4pm, Jan. 24 at 6pm. Callbacks will be held on Jan 25 at 6pm. Prepare a one-minute dramatic or comedic contemporary monologue. Callbacks will be cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals will begin around Feb. 6, 2017. Specific dates and times will be determined after casting. Performances are slated for April 7-9, 2017.

SPOTLIGHT is an all-ages community theater project by Jefferson State Community College The Center for Education and Performing Arts. This project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and through partnerships with the Pell City and St. Clair County School Boards.

For more information, contact Lesley Warren or Jeff Thompson at (205) 338-1974 or email or