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


Advisory Council Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5:30pm

With 2018 upon us, the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA) is seeking input on what the year will look like at the Center. So, we figured the best way to do that is invite the community in and ask what you’d like to see on the CEPA stage.

We’re holding a CEPA Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, January 30 at 5:30 pm. at CEPA.

This is a chance to be the very first to hear important announcements on what we have planned. You will be able to directly voice your opinion on what we need to do to move ahead. We need the community to be a part of the decision making for all events in the coming year. A few topics that will be discussed are: Continue reading


Fundraiser for veterans outreach at CEPA raises more than $7,000

CEPA Director Jeff Thompson presents a check for $7,018 raised through the Nov. 10 show Run Through the Jungle to agencies that seek to assist veterans in St, Clair County. From left are Al Morrow of VFW Post 4758, Thompson, St. Clair Veterans Outreach Coordinator Wayne Johnson and Gerald Mortz of DAV District 2.

Run Through the Jungle, a performance of Vietnam War-ear music by The WingNuts in November, raised more than $7,000 for veterans services in St. Clair County. This week, the three organizations that will distribute the funds to those in need met to celebrate the success of the effort.

“I haven’t heard a negative word about the show,” said Gerald Mortz of District 2 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). “In fact, people are saying over and over that we should have it again next year.”

Run Through the Jungle was held Nov. 10 at the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA) in Pell City. The WingNuts, a local band of aviation enthusiasts – some veterans themselves – originally came up with the idea of playing a veterans fundraiser, and the final product was the result of months of planning by many in the community. Continue reading


PCHS Drama performs Godspell this week at CEPA

This week the Pell City High School Drama Department premiers Godspell at CEPA, performing four shows available to the public.

Godspell was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, and music and new lyrics were written by three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden). Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.” Continue reading