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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, January 10, 2008, Page A3, Image 3

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Photo by Layla Farmer Geraldine Patton, left, and Mabel Robinson are carrying the Black Rep's baton. Black Rep leaders excited about new teen program Youth productions will play more prominent role BY LAYLA FARMER THE CHRONICLE With the dawning of a new year comes the start of the Teeh Theatre, a new program for the North Carolina Black Repertory . Company ? (NCBRC) and the first big ini tiative since its founder and visionary, the late Larry Leon Hamlin, passed away last summer. Executive Director Geraldine Patton and Artistic Director Mabel Robinson were appointed to their respective positions last October. Since that time, the two women have been work ing hard to keep up the furious pace that the famed company demands and to remain Jrue to its original mission. "I'm not looking to change anything; I'm going to stay the course because the course that (Hamlin) has put us on is the right thing," commented Patton. "As we see opportuni ties to continue quality the ater, we will take some of those directions, but we're not looking really, other than to bring the best in theater to this community." " As promised, the company is following in the footsteps of Hamlin's dreams. Auditions were held Jan. 5 for the Teen Theatre, which was created to expand upon Hamlin's ever present dedication to youth. Designed for youth ages, 13-17 who have a strong inter est in dramatic arts, the new program will allow partici pants to explore the world of theater, putting on their own performances with the help of Robinson. "It's to be a training pro gram and performing of course, training in, all three art forms: dancing, singing and acting," she ? explained. "They've been included in our productions, but now they can have their own productions." The the new arm of the company began with an Oct. 25, 2007 production entitled, "Choices." The show was produced by the NCBRC and funded by a grant from The "Forsyth Adolescent_ Health "Coalition. The play itself was penned by Roz Fox, an actress whom Hamlin mentored as a youngster. Teens from the Forsyth County Department of Public Health's Teen Talk pro gram helped Fox develop the dialogue in the play and filled most of the necessary roles on stage and off. "I was just in awe when I saw the concept and then the kids come in and for Mabel to just take them from absolutely no association and to develop that into a finished product. They were so proud of -what they'd accomplished; the roles that they had and that it was saying what they wanted to say in the way that they want ed to say it," Patton said of the original production, which Robinson plans to turn into a full-fledged Teen Theatre pro duction. "I just thought it was extraordinary to see that come together and how much they 1 File Photo Larry Leon Hamlin was known for his commitment to youths. Here he is pictured with some Hill Middle School students he worked' with serveral years ago. appreciated the opportunity and were looking forward to continuing." The company is not only looking for talented youths Robinson says - they have to be dedicated too. "If you're going to be a part of it, you have to be com mitted to it," she remarked. "It's not just something you can drop in when you want to." The students will be expected to perform well, both on stage and off, Robinson added "I'm a stickler about mak ing sure their grades remain at least a B," she stated. "Usually when they are focused in an art form, I find that they do better in their other curriculums as well, (and) it's important for them to know that the education process is very important." As they settle into their new roles, both Robinson, a renowned dancer and play^ wright whq taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts; and Patton, the former office manager of the now defunct LISC (Local Initiatives Support Coportation) office in Winston-Salem and one-time president of the NCBRC Guild, say they are excited about being at the helm of the company as it forges into the future. ? "The best thing is to be able to continue to give of myself in the development of theater and hopeftrtiy_af fhc- _ ater's excellence," Robinson said with a satisfied smile. "For me, there can be nothing better than to be a part of the Black Rep, the artistic director of the Black Rep." For more information . about the Teen Theatre, con tact Artistic Director Mabel Robinson at the NCBRC office, 336-723-22(56. I Kit J. S\m i R, ni)S WE WELCOME NEW PATIENTS Our office provide* fhf following service*: t < leaning* ? Wtatrninf* ? filling* ? C'rniftta # Bnd#e? * UiX* ( attain ? 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Deadline approacjiing for internships with NC government North Carolina residents attending a college, universi ty, technical institute or com munity college have until Jan. 23 to apply for one of 100 paid state government internships available in 2008. Established in 1969, the program provides stu dents real-world experience in a wide range of state gov ernment workplaces and experience in public service. Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state. They pro vide North Carolina students with a compensated profes sional work experience thai integrates education, career development and public service. Opportunities exist in -numerous recognized fields of study, from archi tecture to zoology. Interns earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and*work 40 hours per week in the sum mer. They also participate in seminars, tours or. other activities designed to broad en their perspective of public service ajta state govern ment. To be eligible for the pro gram, a student must be a North Carolina resident with an overall grade-point aver age of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and must have com pleted at least one year of study. To qualify for a posi tion,, designated for law interns, a student must have completed at least one year of law school . Interns are selected through a competitive process overseen by the N.C. Internship Council. Details about the program and a listing of summer 2008 internships are available by calling the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office in the N.C. Department of Administration at 919-789 5880, or by visiting its web site at Chapters to observe Founders Day The Winston-Salem Salem Alumnae, Gamma Phi and Pi Omicron Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will observe Founders Day on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 4 pjn. The chaplers will feature Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College for Women as the speaker. Dr. Malveaux is also a renowned economist, author and com mentator. The event will be held in the Brendle Recital Hal! of the Scales Fine Arts Building on the campus oi Wake Forest University. The public is invited tc attend. Scheck and Estrich will headline UNC death* penalty talk Famed attorney Barry. Scheck, a founder and direc tor of the Innocence Project, and Susan Estrich, a n author and syndi cated colum n i s t , <- w i I t discuss Sckeck t h e death penalty on Jan. 17 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their dialogue, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, is one of four events early this year, all free to the public, for . "Criminal/Justice: The Death Penalty Examined," UNC's yearlong discussion of capi tal punishment. Estrich, a law professor at the University of Southern California, believes that cap ital punishment should be avoided if doubt about guilt or innocence remains or counsel has been inadequate. However, in the most clear and heinous cases, the death penalty is just, she said. She wrote "Getting Away with Murder: How Politics Is Destroying the Criminal Justice System." Scheck and Peter Neufeld founded and direct the Innocence Project, which seeks to exonerate wrongful ly convicted people across the country through DNA testing. Scheck also received media attention for his role as a^DNA expert on O.J. Simpson's defense team. Tickets are required for admission. Free tickets are I available at the Memorial ; Hall Box Office on Cameron f Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays* Call 919 , 843-3333 to reserve tickets. Dr J V-j J K. V. . ve" S.Tot^e' 9d C'vcken ? -oo Jofk Chops yyv" ?" t\: p."v ?3Q&e"'?:0> Ox'cr :: vV" " p.; veat .oaf Sit ? . : S'ea< Co ;? : C'-:>e--5 ? C1C< 5*e.--e -? -?t\l Ok?., S'i3\V?51 " '??? i ??-?? ,. . *'??./ VM V > V V. ? I w ?, ? A ^ v J'\ i ViV< .'V' And Mere

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