Sumter County Fine Arts Council Opens season with ZuZu Acrobats

LIVINGSTON, Ala. — The Sumter County Fine Arts Council will kick off the 2017-18 arts season by welcoming the Zuzu Acrobats to Lyon Hall Auditorium on the campus of the University of West Alabama on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Originating in Mombassa, Kenya, the Zuzu Acrobats blend traditional “circus” acrobatics with popular dance moves and the result is an electrifying performance that has moved audiences all over the world. The acrobats have appeared on the television show America’s Got Talent, have opened shows for major recording artists and been seen on late night television. They have also brought their high-energy brand of entertainment to NBA arenas as a halftime spectacle.

Season tickets for the SCFAC will be available at the door for the event. At $25 for individuals and $35 for families, SCFAC season tickets are the best “bang for the buck” available for local entertainment.  In addition to the Zuzu Acrobats, this year’s line-up includes: Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle; Community Psalm-fest with Wendall Kimbrough; The Story of Hanukkah and the Story of Christmas; The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Ensemble; The Rhythm of Life; and a Community Unity Concert led by the University of West Alabama Concert Choir. In addition, the SCFAC sponsors performance events for local school children and supports the UWA Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and the Annual Sumter County Arts Competition.

The Zuzu Acrobats performance on September 12 begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $ 10 for adults, $2 for non- UWA students, and free for UWA students with student ID.

The Sumter County Fine Arts Council receives support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, from the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), from the University of West Alabama, from the Black Belt Community Foundation, and from other agencies, businesses, and individuals. The Sumter County Fine Arts Council works to encourage the arts and art participation by promoting, developing and stimulating artists, and by programming arts events and performance events in Sumter County and the surrounding area, and has done so successfully for over 40 years. Events, reminders and information are available atwww.scfac.uwa.edu, on Facebook and on Twitter.

UWA’s Willie Williams featured at Alabama Writers Hall of Fame event

LIVINGSTON, Ala.- University of West Alabama Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre Willie Williams participated in the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Dinner held at Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa in June.

“This experience was absolutely amazing to say the least,” Williams said. “We had the opportunity to dramatize the work of some of Alabama’s greatest writers, introducing those writings to some while reprising favorite works for others.”
The Alabama Writers Hall of Fame is a partnership program of the Alabama Center for the Book and the Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Williams poses with Alabama Writers Hall of Fame inductees: (from left) Cathy Randall (for Harper Lee); Keller Johnson Thompson (for Helen Keller); Bert Hitchcock (for Johnson Jones Hooper); Sonia Sanchez; Andrew Glaze; Rick Bragg; John Jeter (for Sena Jeter Naslund); Valerie Boyd (for Zora Neale Hurston); Paul Devlin (for Albert Murray); Kathleen Thompson (for Helen Norris Bell); Edward Russell March III (for William March); Mary Lou Meaher (for Augusta Jane Evans Wilson). (Contributed Photo)

Williams poses with Alabama Writers Hall of Fame inductees: (from left) Cathy Randall (for Harper Lee); Keller Johnson Thompson (for Helen Keller); Bert Hitchcock (for Johnson Jones Hooper); Sonia Sanchez; Andrew Glaze; Rick Bragg; John Jeter (for Sena Jeter Naslund); Valerie Boyd (for Zora Neale Hurston); Paul Devlin (for Albert Murray); Kathleen Thompson (for Helen Norris Bell); Edward Russell March III (for William March); Mary Lou Meaher (for Augusta Jane Evans Wilson). (Contributed Photo)

“For an actor this was a most rewarding experience because it allowed me to use my skills to breathe new life into some of the most beautiful and oftentimes unfamiliar works. I was most excited to actually meet and converse with Sonia Sanchez, an African-American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement,” Williams said.
Representatives of the Alabama Center for the Book and the Alabama Writers’ Forum with a committee of readers, writers, and scholars met to decide how best to honor the rich legacy of native Alabamians who earned their reputations in the literary arts. From these initial meetings, came the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

The class of inductees included Harper Lee, Rick Bragg, Andrew Glaze, Sonia Sanchez, and Sena Jeter Naslund; and deceased authors Johnson Jones Hooper, Augusta Jane Evans Wilson, Helen Keller, Zora Neal Hurston, William March, Albert Murray and Helen Norris Bell.

To connect with Williams or other faculty in the Department of Fine Arts, contact Sharon Harwell at 205-652-3510 or sharwell@uwa.edu.