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

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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

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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

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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.

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