PCHS Drama to present “Cinderella” on April 20-23

Coming next weekend to the CEPA stage, the Pell City High School Drama Department will present Roger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” It’s a classic performance about wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, pumpkin carriages and a very important glass slipper.

Abby Hodgens and Chapman Smith as Cinderella and her prince.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version is a musical originally written for television. Like its other iterations, it’s the story of a young woman stuck in a life of service to her evil stepmothers and stepsisters. Through a little magic, she ends up at a grand ball where, looking like a princess, she falls in love with a prince. There’s just never enough time to truly find love though, you know? Continue reading

PCHS Girls Basketball to host free NCAA Championship Viewing Party at CEPA

This Monday, April 3, join the Pell City High School Girls Basketball Team for a celebration of champions.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the team will host a Watch Party for the NCAA Mens National Basketball Championship in the CEPA gymnasium that’s free and open to the public. Each person who enters will be provided a raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes like Beats Solo Wireless Headphones, a Nike Gift Card, a Best Buy Gift Card, a Visa Gift Card and an XBOX ONE. Additional tickets will be available for purchase, and the proceeds benefit the team.

The event is made possible by FireFan, an interactive sports app, which recently hosted a “March Mania” national contest. PCHS was the contest’s NATIONAL CHAMPION, and Pell City residents are now invited to come show their support for the girls basketball team and celebrate their contest win with a free, fun-filled night of college basketball, games, prizes and socializing.

Event: NCAA Basketball Championship Watch Party

Where: CEPA Gym, 25 Williamson Drive

Doors Open: 7 p.m.

Game Begins: 8 p.m.

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More that $1,500 in materials donated to Spotlight’s Bus Stop

CAPTION: Bus Stop Director and Spotlight Program Coordinator Director Lesley Gray Warren leads cast members and construction volunteers Dr. Nicholas Kin, Mark Brown and Kyle Warren in assembling a box set for the upcoming play at CEPA on April 7-9. The materials were donated by Webb Concrete and Building Materials. Photos courtesy of Spotlight.

Building a stage set for a play takes incredible time and effort, and volunteers for Spotlight have learned that over the past two weeks. But another thing a set requires are the financial means to get it done.

In preparation for the upcoming production of Bus Stop at the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA) on April 7-9, cast members, staff and volunteers have constructed 10 wall panels and a full size diner counter thanks to the help of a very generous corporate partner. Webb Concrete and Building Materials in Pell City recently agreed to provide construction materials to Spotlight at no cost. Continue reading

Spotlight celebrates grants from State Council on the Arts and Honda

Members of Spotlight Moody – Moody High School students who under the direction of teacher Jonathan Hood independently formed a drama club – celebrate the Spotlight program’s first grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Spotlight is an all-ages, county-wide theater education program created in partnership by Jefferson State Community College, CEPA and local school systems. Photo courtesy of Ascend Promotion and Production.

A new theater education program in St. Clair County received two grants this year in support of its launch and future efforts.

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 beginning, 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 by William Inge.

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“CEPA’s Board of Directors has always sought to grow arts education programs in St. Clair County,” Executive Director Jeff Thompson says. “Now, thanks to our new relationships, we helping accomplish that and more.”

In 2017, the program received support from The Alabama State Council on the Arts and Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. Spotlight was awarded $4,300 from the State and $2,500 for a total of $6,800.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of these organizations in getting behind our vision,” Thompson said. “As we develop this program further over the course of this inaugural year, we believe we can continue to increase its impact.”

Spotlight and its production of Bus Stop are also supported through contributions from Alabama Power, 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 lesley@pellcitycepa.com if you are interested in starting a Spotlight club in your school or community.

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 lesley@pellcitycepa.com if you are interested in starting a Spotlight club in your school or community.


SPOTLIGHT – MISSION

• To create a positive, instructional and nurturing environment for those of all ages who wish to participate in any facet of stage production.

  To offer new paths for furthering education, primarily by providing high school students with access to collegiate courses in areas that are not currently available.

• To provide the community with a greater presence of cultural and performing arts.

• To participate in economic development for our area by offering a social and entertainment complement to the growing industrial and residential sectors.

SPOTLIGHT – 2017 OBJECTIVES

• Produce three plays with three performances each (nine performances total).

• Hold one children’s drama camp and one adult/young adult drama workshop, approximately two weeks each during the summer.

• Hold one adult acting or improvisational class per year or, depending upon demand, per semester.

• Enroll 25 St. Clair County high school students in dual enrollment theater classes.