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DeLeon Carter Foundation funds stage lights at RMA
When the spotlight was cast upon the annual Upper School play at Rocky Mount Academy on March 22, it  illuminated the generosity of the DeLeon Carter Foundation that  granted the school $5800 to go towards the installation of new stage lights.  This year’s Upper School play, “Did Someone Say Murder?”, was one of a series of annual student performances by all grades, PK-12th.  Since the stage was built in 2004, Rocky Mount Academy has greatly expanded its cultural activities and school events using the stage.  The original lighting system was  evaluated by professional lighting technicians to be inadequate for RMA’s current demand.  With the support of this local philanthropy, the school was able to upgrade its stage lighting, including new, energy efficient LED lights which produce virtually no heat. Each bulb carries a 50,000 hour life, requiring very limited maintenance.

“We are most appreciative to the DeLeon Carter Foundation for their support of Rocky Mount Academy and our performing arts program.  This aspect of education and student life, we believe, contributes to developing the whole child,” Head of School Beth Covolo commented.  “We are very fortunate to have talented music and drama teachers at RMA who have brought out talent in our students, sometimes even to the student’s surprise.  Participation has increased dramatically, and we have developed several programs throughout the year to showcase this talent on our stage.  We’ve noticed during some of these performances that our lighting was not up to par.  So, we thank the Foundation for coming to our rescue and helping us to shine the light on all the performers, regardless of their location on stage,” she said.

The debut of the new stage lighting  coincided with a first for RMA’s Upper School Drama Club.  They presented their first ever dinner theatre on the first night of their spring production, Friday, March 22.  The setting was appropriate since the play, a murder mystery, is set in a restaurant.  The audience could almost feel that they were part of the cast.  The restaurant is full of people who have bought into a delicious “murder night” themed lobster dinner.  They’ve paid to watch the world’s greatest detective, Rathbone, solve murders right in front of their eyes, but not to be one of them. Will the killer get away?  Will the audience figure it out before Rathbone?  Murders, false identities, spies, double-crossings, tricks, surprises, thrills, and a delicious lobster dinner are all in store for the wacky characters of “Did You Say Murder?”

Pictured (Above): DONATION –– Members of the DeLeon Carter Foundation Board of Directors presented the check for stage lights to Tom Maze (second from right), Director of Development at Rocky Mount Academy.  Directors present were (left to right) Billy Baker, George Whitaker, Nancy Liipfert, and (far right) Vince Durham. (Contributed photo)

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