Newsletter                                                      Volume 2 Issue 3

Theatre can be transformational. But just don't take our word for it - listen to Jacqueline Anthenian, a senior at Northwood High School who has been part of numerous plays with Center for the Arts in Pittsboro:

"Theatre itself is an amazing place to start conversations. One of the most unique things about theatre is that you can talk to anyone [about it]. For me, being able to do something like this, to change the slightest mindset, with just one person thinking a little bit differently is all we need to start something more."

Last week, Jacqueline was featured in RDU on Stage's newest podcast episode - "School Shootings, Columbinus, and the Role of Theater to Affect Change." Click below to hear it all, and read the rest of the newsletter for more exciting things happening at Center for the Arts, Pittsboro!

Click anywhere above to listen to the full podcast.

In 1999, two high school seniors went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 13 people and wounding 20 others before turning their guns on themselves. Since the Columbine shootings, over 200 people have been killed in school shootings in the United States. Tammy Matthews was a teacher working at a nearby elementary school when the Columbine shooting occurred. Little did she know then that nearly twenty years later another school shooting, this one in Parkland, Florida, would be the catalyst for the creation of the ensemble group Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas. Their inaugural production, columbinus, premiered a year ago in Pittsboro and is now touring the Triangle through March. For more information and a performance schedule, visit

About the Guests

Tammy Matthews has over 50 years of experience in theater. She attended the prestigious Goodman School of Drama and holds a BA in both theater and elementary education. She also has a Masters degree in Education. “Miss Tammy” is the co-owner and artistic director of Pittsboro Youth Theater, The Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas and Chatham Community Players. She worked in theater in Chicago in various capacities before becoming a teacher. Since then, she has staged many performances in schools, camps and after-school programs across the country and can now be found directing at least 15 shows a year in Pittsboro!

Jacqueline Anthenien was born at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. She moved to North Carolina in 2006. She has been interested in theater for a long time, but only recently in an official capacity. She has been a part of the Technical Theater Crew at Northwood High School since her freshman year. As a sophomore she won the part of the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods at Pittsboro Youth Theater. She caught the bug. Since then, she has portrayed MacDuff in Macbeth, Mary in The Crucible (both at Northwood), and been a part of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Hobbit at PYT. She can currently be seen as Eric Harris in columbinus and will appear in Baskerville,also at PYT, and in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at Northwood. She is in her senior year and is looking forward to what college has to offer.

Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas

Columbinus Performances
February 8 - Carrboro ArtsCenter
300-G E. Main St, Carrboro NC
2pm & 6pm

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March 22 - Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St, Raleigh NC
2pm & 6pm

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March 7 & 8 - Sweet Bee Theater
18A E. Salisbury St, Pittsboro NC
2pm & 6pm

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These performances will be FREE TO ALL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES. You'll be able to reserve a free ticket online as long as you bring your staff ID with you.

Please note that this show has extreme language, adult situations, and violence. No one under 13 will be admitted without a parent.

After each performance, a counselor will lead a community discussion between the actors and the audience about school shootings.

Sweet Bee Caffé

Valentines Day is coming up, and we have a collection of chocolates to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Red heart boxes and a few truffles in chocolate, heart-shaped boxes are now in stock at the chocolate counter in Sweet Bee Caffé. 100% chocolate with no added preservatives.

We'd appreciate pre-orders with payment no later than Wednesday, February 6th for pick up at Sweet Bee Caffe February Wednesday the 13th or the 14th, Valentine's Day. We'll try to fill orders taken after February 6th but please order early.

*No pianos were harmed in the making of this display*

Pittsboro Youth Theater

Our youngest actors and actresses are rehearsing for Pixies, Kings, and Magical Things - four plays by Hans Christian Anderson. They start out each rehearsal by learning different improv games. Pictured below is "Hitchhiker," where each person that gets into our makeshift car embodies a certain emotion that is then spread to the whole group. See if you can tell what they are!
One of our high school groups is working on Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A few of the actors got to try out Sherlock's signature deerstalker cap. They all play more than 40 characters in this play!
We'll have pictures to share from Tinkerbell, Godspell, and A Wrinkle in Time soon. In the meantime, join in the fun by signing up for a Spring Break or summer camp.
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18A East Salisbury St., Pittsboro

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