"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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“Sing and Play” student musical competition returns in February

SILER CITY, N.C. — “Sing and Play,” the second-annual musical competition for students from elementary through high school, will be held next month at Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City.

Instrumental and vocal acts will compete for a $50 prize awarded for the best performance in each of three age categories — elementary, middle school and high school. Acts may be individuals or groups up to four people, with all performers being full-time students in a North Carolina public, private or home school.

Auditions will be held at Jordan-Matthews on February 5 beginning at 3:30 p.m., when a panel of judges will select four to six acts in each age category to perform in the competition. Each act selected during auditions must pay a $10 registration fee to enter the competition. Individuals and groups interested in auditioning must register online by January 29.

The “Sing and Play” showcase competition concert will be held on February 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jordan-Matthews Auditorium. Immediately after the performances, winners will be selected by audience vote. General admission is $5 per person and includes one vote in each category.

An overview of the competition — including rules and a link to the registration form — is available online at jmarts.org/s/SingAndPlay19Rules.pdf.

“Sing and Play” is a fundraiser for JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, a nonprofit created to provide what student artists need to excel.

Money raised by the competition will be used by JMArts for educational projects, including its second-annual New York Arts Adventure. Scheduled over spring break, the educational trip to New York City gives a group of upperclass musicians, actors and visual artists an opportunity to explore one of the world’s great cities, experience the very best in the arts and gain new perspectives and experiences that will influence their lives and work. Several world-class artists will meet with JM artists during the five-day adventure.  

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

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Master of ceremonies Orlando Balderas, from left, stands with Sing and Play ’18 winners Corrine Collison, Edith Soto and Kaitlyn Evans. Registration is now open for Sing and Play ’19, which will be held in February at Jordan-Matthews High School.

Master of ceremonies Orlando Balderas, from left, stands with Sing and Play ’18 winners Corrine Collison, Edith Soto and Kaitlyn Evans. Registration is now open for Sing and Play ’19, which will be held in February at Jordan-Matthews High School.

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Registration opens for second-annual “Sing and Play” musical competition

SILER CITY, N.C. — Registration is now open for Sing and Play ’19, the second-annual musical competition scheduled for February at Jordan-Matthews High School.

Sing and Play highlights musical talent in separate competitions for elementary, middle and high school musicians. Vocalists and instrumentalists who are students in a North Carolina public, private or home school may register through January 29 to receive an audition appointment and perform either as an individual or in an ensemble of up to four musicians.

Acts selected during auditions on February 5 will participate in the Sing and Play ’19 Showcase Competition on February 21, where audience members will select the winner in each age-based competition. General admission to the showcase is $5 per person. Each of the three winning acts receives a $50 cash prize.

Rules and registration information are available online at JMArts.org/events/.

“This will be a great show. Our community really enjoyed it last year,” said Greg Burriss, director of this season's competition. “But we really want to provide this opportunity for young musicians to sing and play before a live audience, to have that challenge and experience in this supportive environment. For students interested in performing, even the audition can be an educational opportunity."

Sing and Play ’18  winners were Kaitlyn Evans of Chatham Charter School, Edith Soto of Chatham Middle School and Corrine Collison of Jordan-Matthews High School.

Sing and Play is produced by JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation. All proceeds from the event are used by JMArts to help high school artists thrive. More about the foundation and competition is available online at JMArts.org.

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Corrine Collison, then a junior at Jordan-Matthews High School, won the Sing and Play ’18 high school competition back in February. She recently performed on stage as Ursula in the school’s production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid."

Corrine Collison, then a junior at Jordan-Matthews High School, won the Sing and Play ’18 high school competition back in February. She recently performed on stage as Ursula in the school’s production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid."

Master of ceremonies Orlando Balderas, from left, stands with Sing and Play ’18 winners Corrine Collison, Edith Soto and Kaitlyn Evans. Registration is now open for Sing and Play ’19, which will be held in February at Jordan-Matthews High School.

Master of ceremonies Orlando Balderas, from left, stands with Sing and Play ’18 winners Corrine Collison, Edith Soto and Kaitlyn Evans. Registration is now open for Sing and Play ’19, which will be held in February at Jordan-Matthews High School.