• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Monday, December 03, 2018

National Scholarship Competition Workshop

WHEN: Wednesday, December 5 | 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Carver High School

3100 8th St.

Columbus, GA 31906

WHAT: The Carver High School Fine Arts and Theater program will host a workshop for area high school students to prepare for the August Wilson Monologue Competition—a national scholarship program presented by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. The workshop will feature acting lessons and one-on-one sessions with the competition’s coordinator, Nikki Toombs, Director of Education, True Colors Theatre Company. Following the workshop, Carver High will host a citywide competition on February 1, 3:00 p.m., in conjunction with the national preliminary rounds held for the Atlanta area.

The competition focuses on the plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, which chronicle the African American experience through the 20th century. The inspiration for the competition was sparked by two of August Wilson’s closest living collaborators, Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler.

“The goal of this workshop is to make a competition of this magnitude accessible to all of our students who are interested in pursuing unique scholarship opportunities,” said Tamara Curry-Gill, Fine Arts Chair and Theater Teacher at Carver High School.

Gill added that she is excited about the students’ opportunity to work with an experienced actress and accomplished educator. Toombs has performed in several theatres across Georgia and Alabama.

Each student will perform a 1-3 minute monologue of his or her choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. The selection can be a written speech or dialogue taken from one character within a scene, but should include a point-of-entry into the character and a personal connection to the selected material.

The three finalists from each regional city will compete, and the top contestants will be chosen to perform on the August Wilson Stage at the National Finals. The top three contestants from the national competition are awarded college scholarship opportunities in addition to monetary awards and the gift of TCG’s Century Cycle collection. The first place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, the runner-up a $750 cash prize and the honorable mention a $500 cash prize. Each of the winners will also receive college scholarships of $1,500, $1,000, $500, respectively.

Registration for the 2018-2019 competition is currently open and will end on January 18, 2019.

For more information, please contact the True Colors Theatre Company education department at education@truecolorstheatre.org, (404) 532-1901, ext. 214.