‘Lion King Jr.’ drops by Cham­ber break­fast

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You might say TheatreCen­tre is hav­ing a “roar­ing” sum­mer as cast and crew pre­pare for “The Lion King Jr.” which is set for Aug. 1012 at Cen­tre First United Methodist Church.

Lo­cal au­di­ences got a small glimpse of this year’s pro­duc­tion dur­ing the July Break­fast meet­ing of the Chero­kee County Cham­ber of Com­merce held in the Gads­den State Com­mu­nity Col­lege-Chero­kee Arena.

Amy Ben­nett, chore­og­ra­pher for the sum­mer youth pro­duc­tion, in­tro­duced cast mem­bers.

“We are su­per ex­cited to be here,” said Ben­nett. “This is the first time we have ac­tu­ally per­formed the show. We are go­ing to be per­form­ing two songs.”

She urged ev­ery­one to come out for one of the per­for­mances set for Thurs­day through Satur­day, Aug. 10-12, at Cen­tre First United Methodist Church.

“We are glad to give you a lit­tle taste of ‘Lion King, Jr.,’” said Ben­nett.

Gary Davis, chair­man, Theatre- Cen­tre Board of Di­rec­tors, shared a few words and ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for lo­cal con­tin­u­ing sup­port of TheatreCen­tre.

“We are a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Davis. “We get ques­tions. How much money do you get from the county, how much money do you get from the city? The an­swer to that is zero. We are a self sus­tain­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, by that I mean we get our own money. And one of the ways we do that is our pa­tron­ship drive which means in­di­vid­u­als, com­pa­nies, busi­nesses in this com­mu­nity be­come a part of TheatreCen­tre and sup­port it.”

TheatreCen­tre strives to bring top-notch, qual­ity shows to lo­cal au­di­ences, Davis said.

In ad­di­tion to qual­ity the­atri­cal en­ter­tain­ment, TheatreCen­tre pro­vides a cre­ative out­let for lo­cal stu­dents and their tal­ent dur­ing the sum­mer months.

“To keep the pro­gram go­ing, we need in­di­vid­u­als to sign up as pa­trons to our theatre and sup­port a worth­line pro­gram.”

The dead­line for pa­tron­ships is Aug. 1, Davis said.

“I moved here in 1963 as a sopho­more at Chero­kee County High School,” said Davis. “I love this com­mu­nity. And I want to see this com­mu­nity grow. I want to see it pros­per.”

“One of our main­stays is peo­ple love com­mu­nity theatre,” said Davis. “We have one of the most suc­cess­ful com­mu­nity the­atres in state of Alabama.”

“How many com­mu­ni­ties the size of ours have such a fol­low­ing?” said Davis. “I can tell you one thing, not many!”

Other up­com­ing TheatreCen­tre per­for­mances in­clude “Driv­ing Miss Daisy” sched­uled for

Nov. 16-18 and “Mil­lion Dol­lar Quar­tet” which is set for March 1-3, 2018

For more in­for­ma­tion, write to TheatreCen­tre, P.O. Box 126, Cen­tre, AL 35960.

As part of the pro­gram, There­asa Hul­gan, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Chero­kee County Cham­ber of Com­merce rec­og­nized Se­na­tor Phil Williams who was pre­sent at the break­fast and thanked him for his con­tin­ued sup­port of Chero­kee County.

She also re­minded those in at­ten­dance of the World’s Long­est Yard Sale sched­uled for Aug. 3- 6 along the Look­out Moun­tain Park­way.

“You may take a few days to travel that,” said Hul­gan. “As they say, one man’s trash is an­other man’s trea­sure.”

A PEEK AT ‘LION KING JR.” Cast and crew of TheatreCen­tre’s “The Lion King Jr.” give a lo­cal au­di­ence a peek at this sum­mer’s up­com­ing chil­dren’s mu­si­cal dur­ing the July Break­fast meet­ing of the Chero­kee County Cham­ber of Com­merce held in the Gads­den...

SEEK­ING YOUR CON­TIN­UED SUP PORT. Gary Davis, TheatreCen­tre Board of Di­rec­tors chair­man, seeks con­tin­ued sup­port for the lo­cal theater dur­ing the Chero­kee County Cham­ber of Com­merce break­fast meet­ing.

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