Ever have a burning thought that you had to tell someone, anyone? Something that happened on the bus, at the market, at work, at Thanksgiving dinner, etc? Well you’ve got a story to tell. We found 13
people who want to share their story at a gathering at Celebration Arts. The thing is, they can’t take more than 7 ½ minutes to relay it. They have got to get to the “goody” rather swiftly.

Come out and lend an ear November 15 (8 p.m.) or 16 (2 p.m.) and listen to the telling, not reading.
Maybe you will be inspired to participate next year.

The storytellers are: Gary Agid, Rebecca Davis, Jacquelyn Howard, David Hutchinson, Gloria Jones, Jerrold Jones, Oloei Oyin Kambon, Bertha King, Felix Sims, A. E. Starkey, Susan Webster, Peggi Wood, Michelle Woods.

MEET THE CAST - A New Song For Christmas

For the holiday season, Celebration Arts will present the world premiere of A New Song For Christmas, a drama with music. The production is written and directed by Artistic Director James Wheatley. With a cast of fifteen actor/singers, the show will have you laughing one moment and crying at another point.

The cast is a mixture of new and returning talent. Coming to our stage for the first time will be Jenabah Koroma a students at Sacramento City College with a major in communications and a minor in theater. This next individual brought Jenabah to the Celebration Arts audition and ended up being cast in the show. He is Samuel Sims, also a student at Sacramento City College with a major in photography. Tony Walker has waited a while to be on stage and finally gets his chance, learning lines, singing and dancing. Carla Fleming has been on our stage but not as an actress. She is a singer who once did a showcase here at Celebration Arts. Earlier this year she expressed and interest to expand her talents by getting acting experience. Theresa Jackson, she likes to called “T”, is a jazz singer and performs with her group at a number of venues in the region. She is also a member of the Celebration Arts Chorale. Marcia Lewis is also a singer and has done work with Images Theatre Co. and with the California Musical Theatre’s Martin Luther King Project.

Eliza Hendrix appears in her third Celebration Arts production this year. She debuted here in Gee’s Bend and the performed in The Bluest Eye. Tarig Elsiddig was also in The Bluest Eye and followed that with an appearance in Jitney. Jayne Hare returns to this stage after twelve year absence. Her last performance at Celebration Arts was in The Colored Museum. Elaine Douglas, recently school principle, was last seen at Celebration Arts in Mahalia and before that she was in The Amen Corner. Angel Perez is a graduate of the CSUS theater program and is extending his experience by acting in this production. Gloria Wadud is ever ready to be in a show. So, she jumped at the change to sing and act. She was last seen in Waiting To Be Invited and The Dance On Widow’s Row. Jannette McCoy made her debut in The Bluest Eye, and is having fun in the drama with music. She is a member of the Celebration Arts Chorale and frequently serves back stage as Stage Manager. So, this is a nice change for her. Rounding out the returnees is Nathan Marlow who has understudied roles here. Now he moves to a definite role.


The make-up of the Celebration Arts Board of Directors was enriched with the recent election of two new members. Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick and Peggi Wood bring the wealth of experience and knowledge to help the organization attain its goals. Stacey oversees the Crocker Art Museum Education Department backed by more than 20 years of experience in the field. Peggi has an extensive marketing background and management experience. She is not a stranger to Celebration Arts having started out stage managing then becoming the Social Media Manager.

We look forward to having these two help us to stimulate new growth in the organization.