Elegant evening: First-ever Teen Benefit Ball raises funds for arts scholarships

 Commentary by Joan Hedrick
Times-News correspondent

Tyler Anderton and Joan Hedrick dance during the first-ever Teen Benefit Ball on Jan. 21. / Scott Muthersbaugh, Times-News

SEDALIA — The Plaid Players Acting Company (PPAC) held its first-ever Teen Benefit Ball on Jan. 21 inside Kimball Hall at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. The goal of this event was to raise funds for arts scholarships made available to attending teens.

The music used at this masquerade ball was quite varied in style, from pre-recorded popular music and classic standbys like the “Electric Slide” to jazz and musical theater songs performed live. Area performers included Becca June, Grammy award winner Elijah Chester, Linnea Bethany and the Chorale of Weaver Academy and soloists Joe Wrenn, Bettina Lluhi, Lily Armstrong, Jenna Caprossi, Lauren Urquhart and KayliDawn Sandlin.

Simple ballroom dance instructions were also given, and a highlight of the evening was the song when emcees Jeremy Mullis and Tyler Anderton instructed dancers to switch partners, no matter who they wound up with. Much fun was had by all involved.

 Besides having an enjoyable evening, another purpose of the ball was to honor area adult mentors in the arts. Teens who attended were encouraged to make PPAC aware of local adults they felt had influenced them greatly in areas of the arts. The mentors that were able to come were warmly welcomed and recognized for their inspiring work. A few other awards pertaining to PPAC past productions were given as well.

From the ample amount of positive feedback, it can be gathered that those who did not attend missed a great event. PPAC successfully raised more than $800 toward the available arts scholarships. They are already planning a possible Mardi Gras-themed Benefit Ball next year and hope to raise even more then.

  Joan Hedrick is a junior at Weaver Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts
and is a Teens & Twenties writer.

Special to the Times-News

 SEDALIA — The first-ever 2012 Teen Benefit Ball, sponsored by The Plaid Players Acting Company, recognized teen and adult mentors during the event on Jan. 21 at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Memorial site. The awards included:

LifetimeMentorAward: Carol Plew of Teen to Teen Theatre

Mentors of the Year: Charity Apple Pierce, Accent Editor/Teens & Twenties adviser, Times-News,Burlingtonand Walter Boyd,Burlingtonattorney, historian and author.

Volunteer of the Year: Nancy James, board member of Alamance Children’s Theatre and Plaid Players Acting Company volunteer

Teens of the Year: Joan Hedrick and Mallory Walker, co-founders of Imagination Theatre, which is a company member of The Plaid Players Acting Company.

Triad Teen Mentors recognized for 2012 for their work with Imagination Theatre:

Dorothy Tucker (stage manager), Kelly Tucker (actor and technical crew), James Hedrick (actor and technical crew), Nancy James (costuming)

For their work with I.T.’s Arsenic and Old Lace, a benefit performance Spring 2011:

Kelly Tucker, Most Valuable Actor “Teddy”

James Hedrick, Most Valuable Actor “Jonathan”

Austin Cloer, Rookie of the Year, as Officer Brophy

Katelyn Tucker, Most Valuable Actor, Cinderella, Stepsister

For their work with Friends of the Bard ‘s Shakespeare projects for Triad youth:

Ashley Phipps, drama Instructor,Burlington Christian Academy

Katie Jo Icenhower, director and actress, Greensboro

Michael Williams, director, actor and filmmaker

Ross Hurteau, actor

Tamra Kress, director, actress, owner of Studio One, Burlington

Becca June, actress and singer

Emlee Vassilos, actress

For their mentorship within the arts community:

CaryWorthy, executive director of Alamance County Arts Council

Dan Doby, owner, Jazebel’s Bistro

Linnea Bethany, actress

Peggy Burchill Bazakas, actress, Gallery Players, Burlington

Claire King, Fly-By-Night Theatre, Greensboro

Rich Whittington andPreston Lane, Triad Stage, Greensboro

Joe McGee, Open Space Cafe, Greensboro

Connie Rea, drama Instructor,WesternAlamanceHigh School, Owner of Centre Stage on Main, Gibsonville

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