LOGAN — Southern Coalition for the ARTS Inc. has announced the addition of Lisa Anderson to the company’s board of directors. Anderson will serve as the director of education. “We are so excited for Lisa to join our board. Her musical expertise, experience in the school system, and her push for artistic experiences for children make her a perfect fit for the director of education,” said Jamie Dempsey-Butcher, president of the board of directors. “Lisa’s work ethic and can-do attitude will go a long way in furthering the company mission.”
Anderson is best-known throughout the theater world for her four year stint as director for the Appalachian Children’s Chorus (ACC), Cantare. Anderson holds a bachelor of arts in vocal performance from Lee University and a level two certification from Doreen Rao’s Choral Music Experience. Her ACC Choir sang for Governor Tomblin’s Inauguration, the Governor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. While she was a music teacher at Man Middle School, Anderson’s students participated in all-county choir and were asked to perform for the Logan County Board of Education on several occasions. In the fall, Anderson will serve as music teacher for Chapmanville Middle School.
Butcher explained, “Southern Coalition for the ARTS is the theatre company working to help revitalize downtown Logan through history, culture, and art. The company’s main focus is bringing high-quality live theatrical productions to the Coalfield Jamboree Theatre in downtown Logan.” The ARTS is best-known for its productions like “Shrek the Musical” and “Smoke on the Mountain. “ Anderson has been involved with the group since “Shrek,” playing “Momma Ogre” and “Fairy Godmother.”
“I am so honored to be considered for this board position. I believe in this company and its mission, and I am very excited to get to work,” Anderson said. The Director of Education seat became available after Board Member, Jessie Elizabeth Murray passed away in a car accident. “Jessie was an amazing person with a gracious spirit. I hope to honor her by being a liaison between the ARTS and the education communities,” Anderson added.
The ARTS is planning a production of Godspell as a tribute to Murray. “Godspell” will be performed one day only, Aug. 9th with a matinee at 3 p.m. and an evening show at 7 p.m.. The ARTS also has two shows remaining it its original 2015 season: “The Addams Family: the Musical” will play the first two weekends in October and “Sanders Family Christmas” will bring the cast of “Smoke on the Mountain” back to the stage in early December. All shows are performed indoors at the Coalfield Jamboree Theatre in downtown Logan. For more information follow the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theARTSwv, visit them online at www.theARTSwv.com, or call 304-785-0547.