Spoon River Anthology Monologues presented by Thomas Academy

April 5, 2019

Lake Waccamaw, NC – Students of the theatre program at Thomas Academy will perform the Spoon River Anthology Monologues in the Theresa Sherman Memorial Gardens behind the chapel at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina at 6:30 p.m. on April 12.

Admission is free and the public is warmly invited to attend.

“We are excited to bring this first theatre production from Thomas Academy,” said Jody Watts, theatre teacher at Thomas Academy. “We have more than 20 students preparing for this special performance.”

Edgar Lee Masters wrote the Spoon River Anthology in the early 1900s about the people in the fictional midwestern town of Spoon River. The monologues from the anthology have been used in theatrical productions across the country.

“In this piece, everyone is dead and each character is giving a synopsis of their life,” said Watts. “Because the characters are connected, family histories unfold. It really provides a snapshot of the small town experience.”

Watts is excited about this production and hopes it helps to build excitement for the upcoming production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown being presented in May.

“We have some very talented students, many of whom are being introduced to theatre for the first time,” said Watts. “There are some great things to come from the Thomas Academy theatre program.”

Thomas Academy Director Dr. Geraldine Bradshaw agrees.

“We are just starting to scratch the surface of the artistic talents of our students,” said Bradshaw. “We are so grateful to have Mr. Watts here to help them shape their acting skills while Ms. (Patty) Lyerly works with them on their musical talents. I am looking forward to seeing how far they can go.”

About Thomas Academy

Thomas Academy is a North Carolina Public Charter School that educates middle and high school students. Located on the Lake Waccamaw campus of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, the academy provides a tailored academic experience to students who are oftentimes in need of a more specialized, integrated curriculum. Thomas Academy was founded on personalization in education, unique offerings and educating through purposeful design. Enrollment is open to any student in grades six through 12.