What talent are we looking for?

The process of a strong production begins way before the lights and first actor steps on stage: Read below if you are interested in being a part of the magic!

The old adage, there is no Theatre without the Box Office has never been more true. Theatre has to have administrator’s, marketing and promotional professionals and a committed Board of Directors to thrive first and foremost. All members are expected to participate in the ongoing promotions (No Exceptions) This article is directed towards the production and touring of those plays!

  1. Director – After a Producer i in place one of the most critical aspects of a play production is the director. He/She provides the essential vision and direction of the play. They are tasked with scheduling all rehearsals and making sure the actors know their lines, cues, exits and entrances.
  2. Stage Manager – is the person charged with running the production after opening night and should be as verse with the production as the director.
  3. Set Designer – Designs set and in most cases are involved in the construction and logistics.
  4. Costume Designer – Must work along with the director in determining the costumes of the character to match the period and writers intentions.
  5. Lights Designer – responsible for placement of lights to slow the actors to be seen and mood and style of the play to be felt.
  6. Sound Designer – responsible for sound relate to allowing the audience to hear and quality recording.
  7. Stage Hands – Responsible for the placement of set pieces and props between scenes, loading and unloading of set in venues.

 

Color me Black

So you went to college, got your degree, played by all the rules, but didn’t get the job! Qualified, but now what?

 

This story starts with a colleague applying for a position within a local school system for which, for all intense purpose seems to be qualified for the position, but a failed attempt, in a community that is more than 80% AA and a school that is over 90% AA. A position previously held by a White male and ECU graduate. Our colleague, a Black female and NC A&T graduate.

Support New Voices/New Vision hiring of an HBCU Alumni

You may ask, why is this important? This is the new face of discrimination that keeps us from having allies within the system that continually fails our children and our communities. It is not enough that this community is led by an all-Black city council and Mayor when the real day to day work needed with our children sees us excluded.

HBCU: Helping Black Millenials Get Hired

So how do we build experience and jobs that benefit the community and provides new and enrich learning experiences that most of our children can relate to. This morning my child had a field trip that he was excited about as it was at a local college. The production, “Annie”. While I am sure that the production and the play experience provided some entertainment, a story of an Orphan and a dog? Why has the college repeated this production year after year, except for the financial benefits of low cost in repetition.  Its time for the college like the local High School as well as the Arts Council to show some new blood and groom some new exciting talent. Instead of putting resources into the same pockets year after year. Why has there never been a POC as director of the Arts Council? Or instructor on the High School level? Theses are serious barriers that in 2018 are questionable.

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People like you, that live in the community of ENC!

See our work in the community?

The Meeting (Jeff Stetson)

A fictitious meeting that was suppose to take place before the assassination of Malcolm X

Where does your money go? Directly to creating theatrical productions. Our initial 1993 summer production of Purlie Victorious was produced with an initial $500 grant from the local arts council. Your money goes to creating theatrical opportunities right here in the community of ENC!

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Social Media shows it’s worth

This morning I found myself literally with tears of joy as I began to realize how fortunate we were, so very fortunate as it dawn on me the impact that social media had on saving and helping so many in their time of need. You may only use the social media Facebook via your smart phone to chat with old and new friends, sell items in online yards sales but you have only begun to harness the power of the internet and social media.

Our schools have already made it an integral part of educating our youth with new apps such as ClassDojo and Class messenger to keep parents up to date with their student homework and general information. iPads are replacing books, good or bad, you and your child will have to get on Board and financial expenses for WiFi will become mandatory!

Not only providing connections to fiends and family, here are some useful apps  tools

  1. InnoCaption  This app is great for those that have a hearing problem or if you like to keep a log of your business or legal conversation.

  2. GasBuddy On a budget or trying to save? Get the lowest prices on gas!

  3. Flashlight We all find ourselves in need of a little light at times. Great flashlight from your phone.

  4. ClassDojo Ok got a student in the house? You’ll need to monitor his/her daily behavior and progress

  5. LCPS The school is constantly sending out messages regarding closures and events!

  6. Class Messenger This is the ultimate in communications with your childs teacher. (A must, better than email)

  7. Waze Great navigating tool!

  8. Google Maps Another navigating tool (Standard) with Foogle!

Great for Banking, sending money and receiving money from love ones. Fundraising and a must for small and large businesses. Get on board now and begin to learn how you can save via the internet s it is great for shopping right from home. Need Help?

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA has become the winning edge in today’s job market, as the internet ha become how employers find their talent! Read this, you can thank us later!

 

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WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE

From the mouth of the POTUS (#45)

“WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?”

Making this as short as possible realizing the urgency of the moment. Travels have taken me a long way from here, Kinston, NC. Those same travels have afforded me to see / meet a lot of things and people and experience a lot of things, mainly in the Performing Arts. Today like the City of Kinston at the cross roads and trying to determine the best road to travel the current Mayor Don Hardy and the City Council must decide IF it is to take on the Woodmen Center. You might ask, why I post this to FB as opposed to forwarding to James A Perry as he has requested. I don’t think there Is time for my request to him to arrive back to me before the CC vote takes place as we’ve communicated. This is NOT about bashing anyone. I voted for the last two elections, all winners. Hopefully, this along with my email will serve part of that purpose… Like Mr. Perry I am not connected financially with all of my eggs in this one basket (community) so ”I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO LOSE” My baby New Voices/New Visions has already suffered dearly. Not to mention myself and my friends and family own personal assets as exposed and laid out in this post for which we all have taken responsibility for. You see I came back home to in 1993 with a vision and a dream of starting a summer camp within my community after doing so for other artistic organizations with great success. Ones that have even been brought into our community by the local Community Council For The Arts for which we have no desire to compete with. Quite the contrary as we have only supported this organization in the past [see pic] like many others…. Now I won’t dare say that we haven’t received any support from the Arts Council, we have as we have been under their umbrella since then. Our first summer camp was funded with a $500 sub-grant and in-kind services from Charles Hannibal (Set design and construction), Celestine Davis (Costumer) and I personally directed the production of Purlie Victorious It include KHS students Holly Berry, Damien Moye, Kyra Berry and Camille Braxton to mention a few names. I will try to stick to facts and not my opinions. I would suggest to all concerned about the Woodmen issue read his very detailed report in the KFP here.

 

1.      We were approved by the Community Council of the Arts Board of Directors as an umbrella organization and given access to space and use under conditions that we used the space during operating hours and if we used outside those hours we would have to pay as any other entity a fee for rental.  Even until this day, there has been no other communications coming from the local Arts Council though we as protocol have sent emails and made phone calls to the Executive director Sandy Landis with no return calls or response. She we have heard many in the community who say, “I wouldn’t want to do business with them anyway”. Well that is NOT how business should or does work. As a former Board member and downtown business owner we know it is on their Board of Directors to communicate any change that has taken effect.

2.      Our last attempt in 2014 to submit grant application to the state Arts Council was not allowed. This grant was worked on by several people (Artist) and Dave McKenna as well. (THE EXCLUSION) We believe that the local Arts Council conspired with Clay Raines KHS theatre teacher  to sabotage our then production of For Colored Girls (FCG). As communications that was privy to only us was communicated to him to be given to us. (Not protocol) and with the sudden refusal to work with us and hijack the cast (lesson learned).

 

A.      In an effort, to have the issue mediated we have taken our concern to top community leaders including CC council members, State officials who have said that our issues rest at the local level.

B.      With that information we turn our focus on our Mayor! Being the case that we were in the middle of a highly contested local election with no support from the previous Mayor (BJ) some of our advisors felt we needed to involve ourselves in the election. Thus, we launched the “Artist Against Exclusion Video Rally” We take no political sides, and invited all of the candidates that we had access to via Facebook. We do believe that the support of our elected officials is critical to our success. Our past support has included Mayor Buddy Rich and Johnnie Mosely for which we feel honored.

PS. To those who may think we will haunt you on Facebook (no worries) we have moved on and our hope would only be to see our local officials make right, what we see as an injustice. My objective with this post has been accomplished and the rest as with the Woodmen center is in the community and others hands.

 

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To hear Charles Hannibal read from the UNC Civil rights report