“Voices~ The Struggles, The Faith, The Hope” in Wilson NC on Feb. 23

Upcoming production, VOICES~ The Struggles, The Faith, The Hope. Source: Vision Community Theatre Group, Inc.

Related Essay Contest is Accepting Submissions Now until Feb. 1, 2019

Vision Community Theatre Group will celebrate Black History Month with a special performance entitled, VOICES~ The Struggles, The Faith, The Hope.

An essay contest following the VOICES theme is open, inviting area youth to submit original essays now. Winning essays will be read during the performance.


Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 6-8pm

Written and Directed by Johnnie, “Jani” Evans and Toshika Johnson Smith, VOICES~ The Struggles, The Faith, The Hope will be performed at the Save-A-Youth Center, 639 Walnut Street S, Wilson, North Carolina.

From Africa to America. Celebrate Black History Month with “VOICES~ The Struggles, The Faith, The Hope.” Laugh with us, cry with us, as stories unfold through drama, music, song, dance and monologues about the struggles, the hope, the faith and triumph in the African American experience.

Tickets are $12 per person in-advance, available at the following Wilson NC locations:

  • SAYUM Jamaican Restaurant, 408 Nash Street, Wilson, NC
  • Ward’s Steak & Cheese, 6228 Ward Blvd, Wilson, NC
  • Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street, Wilson, NC

Tickets are also available online via Eventbrite ($12 plus a small ticketing fee). Printed tickets must be presented for entry to the SAY Center on the evening of the performance; no refunds.

If seating is available, tickets will be sold at the door for $15 per person on the date of show.

The performance includes contributions by Desiree Bartlett, Tristan Alexander Jones, and Angela Vick.

From founder Toshika Smith:

“Vision Community Theatre Group, Inc. was established in 2007. Our mission is to provide more diverse opportunities, particularly for the underserved population, to participate in all aspects of the theatre experience. We were the first Minority owned theatre company in Wilson, NC. When we formed, we were told that we were the second incorporated Minority owned theatre company to form in the state of North Carolina.”

Visit their website at visioncommunitytheatregroup.webs.com, of follow their Facebook page. With questions, contact the organizers at 252.220.0797.

In advance of the performance, the theatre group is accepting youth essay submissions. Details follow.

Essay Contest

In celebration of Black History Month, Vision Community Theatre Group is sponsoring a student essay contest. The theme follows that of the upcoming performance, VOICES~ The Struggles, The Faith, The Hope.

Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to participate. All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, February 1, 2019, and may be mailed to:

PO Box 1602
Wilson, NC 27894

Prizes will be awarded to first place winners in two categories:

  • Grades 5-8
  • Grades 9-12

Winners, as well as selected essay entrants, will be given the opportunity to present their essays during the production on Saturday, February 23, 2019. All essay contest entries will be displayed inside the SAY Center on that date.

Black History Month Essay Contest. Source: Vision Community Theatre Group, Inc.
Black History Month Essay Contest. Source: Vision Community Theatre Group, Inc.

The contest rules are:

1. Essay submissions must include the student’s name, parent or guardian name, address, phone number, age, grade, and school the writer attends. This information should be printed in the upper-left-corner on the back of the essay.

2. Essay should be 500 words or less and address the writer’s views on the meaning of, VOICES~ The Struggles, The Faith, The Hope, and what impact the writer believes these concepts have had on African American life in the United States.

3. Essay must be typed and double spaced.

4. Essay must be original work, written solely by the entrant and may not include any third-party writings.

5. Essay may not have previously been entered into any other competitions.

For additional information on the Black History Month Essay Contest, contact Toshika Johnson Smith or Johnnie Evans at 252.220.0797.


Source: Vision Community Theatre Group, Inc.

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