Run Through the Jungle is coming back March 24!

CEPA’s most popular performance from the past two years, a Veterans Day Tribute show featuring The WingNuts called Run Through the Jungle, is returning to the CEPA stage on March 24. The performance in November was the highlight of CEPA’s Fall Season, and fans demanded its return as soon as possible.

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“So many people told us they wished they could have been there,” said Donnie Todd, lead guitarist for The WingNuts. “Others told us right after the first show that we needed to make it an annual event. We decided an encore was definitely in order”. 

The show is titled “Run Through the Jungle” after the iconic Creedence Clearwater Revival song. It featured a collection of popular songs from the Vietnam War era performed while images from that time period scrolled on the screen in the CEPA theater.

The November performance served as a fundraiser for local veterans, raising more than $7,000 for St. Clair County Veterans Outreach. A primary goal for sponsors of the November show was to be sure all veterans who want to attend had an opportunity, and CEPA will again seek sponsors to cover tickets for local veterans.

If you or your business would like to support tickets for veterans, or if you’d like to know more about the show, contact CEPA at or call (205) 338-1974. Tickets will go on sale first to our email subscribers, so be sure to sign up and stay informed.

The Wingnuts have been making music together since 2011 and play throughout the southeast. They include a District Judge, a Commercial Pilot, an Engineer (not the train kind), a farm equipment salesperson, a retired police officer, a real estate mortgage specialist, and a retired domestic goddess.

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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