Special event coming to Wilson
Monday, September 9, 2019
Wilson will be hosting a brand new American musical this weekend, aligning with the 100 year anniversary celebration of the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, originally the Wilson Theater in the historic downtown district. The musical is set in 1919, the same year the Wilson Theater was built.
This musical, An Extra Penny, was written by playwright Cindy Lu Mancini from her home in Stantonsburg and has been refined for eight years leading to this grand moment. The play is being produced by Conwell S. Worthington II, (BFA, East Carolina University), a veteran of Broadway.
Along with his talent and experience, he is bringing in high-end sound and lighting equipment, props and some of the sets. The music and lyrics were finalized by professional lyricists and musicians. There are some local actors performing but many are coming in regionally.
Plays destined for Broadway don’t just happen. You can’t knock on the playhouse door and say “let me in.” They all start in small theaters and move their way up. There is enough interest in this production that it is getting attention in New York City.
The Friday evening show is special. There will be limited tickets sold and a meet and greet with Worthington, Mancini and the cast. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks will be provided. Since the musical is themed around World War I, the Sunday afternoon performance will be military appreciation with special recognition to our veterans.
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see a musical written by one of our own, produced by a Broadway producer, and staged right here in our Edna Boykin Cultural Center!
Contact the box office at (252) 291-4329 for more information and tickets and visit AnExtraPenny.com
Sheppard is vice president of the Arts Council of Wilson board of directors.