"Scene X Scene" announces students in JM’s first-ever acting intensive

SILER CITY, N.C. — "Scene X Scene," the first acting intensive ever offered at Jordan-Matthews High School, has accepted 21 students to participate in a series of after-school workshops culminating in a free community performance.

Applicants admitted to "Scene X Scene" are Gisselle Aleman Moreno, Lindley Andrew, Laci Burt, Jackie Carrillo, Ivanol Chay-Perez, Corrine Collison, Litzy Garcia Santos, David Gonzalez, Andrea Lopez, Mia Lopez-Calvo, Zy'kiuh Marsh, Alana May, Kayli McIntosh, July Ramos Corona, Hannah Redding, Natalie Santiago, Conrad Suits, Sydney Suits, Jennifer Trejo Benitez, Jackie Vasquez and Samantha Zarate.

"Scene X Scene" is offered by JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, to help aspiring actors build their skills by working on dramatic scenes in two-hour, weekly workshops. The focus on working “scene by scene” gives the acting intensive its name.

Participants will offer a free showcase performance on May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Jordan-Matthews High School Auditorium, followed by a reception for the actors and audience in the JM Media Center.

Jessica Nunn, founder and director of The Phoenix Theatre Company, is leading the acting intensive as workshop clinician and director of the showcase performance. She believes this focus on acting is a great opportunity for all of the students. “Each student has an opportunity to improve their skills set, beyond just character choices for the musical,” Nunn said. “Also, it’s a great chance for each student to be a lead character!”

"Scene X Scene" is offered free to students thanks to support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, through the Chatham Arts Council.

"We're thrilled that the Chatham Arts Council is supporting this project," said Rose Pate, president of JMArts. "It's meeting a real need because there's no formal theater education in the Siler City area. And after reading our student applications, it was clear there's a real desire for this experience.”

More information about JMArts and other events scheduled for this season is available at jmarts.org.

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