“The 100 Girls of Coloration” will honor three girls who’re well-known within the Norwich space and are additionally affiliated with the Norwich Arts Heart. LaShawn Cunningham, Laura DelGado-Clemons and Sharece Sellem can be honored at a gala designed to honor these amongst us who’ve had a constructive impression of their communities.
The occasion can be held at 6 p.m. Friday Might 21, on the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Heart.
Tickets will be bought at www.100WOC2021.Eventbrite.com
Laura grew up on Boswell Avenue and Lake Road Playground in Norwich and presently resides in Boston together with her husband Curtis. They’ve three lovely daughters Christina, Courtney and Catrice and a granddaughter, Jaiya.
She attended Broad Road Faculty, graduating from Kelly Junior Excessive Faculty; then graduating from NFA Class of 1968.
Laura graduated from Newbury Faculty of Enterprise, UMass Boston (1986) BA, Lesley (School) College Faculty of Training 1997; MEd. She labored at Massachusetts Common Hospital in a number of roles earlier than pursuing educating. Laura volunteered with the Massive Sister Affiliation of Boston and have become a Massive Sister to a younger lady, Emily, who has turn out to be a lifelong good friend.
Laura presently works as an English as a Second Language trainer within the Boston Public Faculties and has been a Boston Trainer’s Union faculty consultant for the final 15 years.
Laura grew up with music throughout her. Her father, Tony DelGado and his brothers have been jazz musicians within the Nineteen Thirties and 40’s and opened up for a few of the greats resembling Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Nat King Cole. The present of music flows by way of the veins of the DelGado household and their descendants.
Laura has a small band, d’Allegro, with a giant sound. She enjoys performing and has been influenced by many nice musicians starting from jazz, blues, R&B, basic rock, up to date and straightforward listening music.
Laura and keyboard participant Bob Shea donated their time throughout COVID and carried out for NAC at an outside fundraiser on Sept. 4, 2020, and can achieve this once more on the Donald L. Oat Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, Might 28.
Prior to now, Laura was a part of the Summer season Live performance Sequence at Howard T. Brown Park; sang the Nationwide Anthem at Dodd Stadium, and carried out at NAC.
Laura additionally sings inside the Boston Neighborhood for advantages and summer season venues, and on the finish of every faculty 12 months, she places on a live performance together with her college students.
Rising up, her father would all the time inform her to cease singing on the dinner desk, says Laura. She would cease, after which minutes later, would begin singing once more. It was a dropping battle! She all the time had a music or jingle in her head. Music soothes her soul and lifts her spirits. She simply likes to sing!!!
Sharece M. Sellem
Sharece is a local of Hartford, and is a playwright, choreographer, director and performing arts teacher based mostly out of New Haven. She was educated by Headlong Efficiency Institute of Bryn Mawr School in Pennsylvania and Yale College’s Sensible Method to Directing Summer season Program 2014.
Her resume contains performances at Bregamos Neighborhood Theater, Lengthy Wharf Theatre, Pleasure Arts Heart of Chicago, Constitution Oak Cultural Heart, Carriage Home Theater, Illinois Voices Theatre, Norwich Arts Heart, College of California-San Diego and extra. She is the founding father of Classic Soul Productions LLC (www.VintageSoulProductions.com).
A few of her most notable current works embrace the award-winning play, “Daisies on Harlem’s Doorstep” and the Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Award for “The African American Expertise,” College of California, San Diego. This play was carried out on the NAC Donald L. Oat Theater Feb. 21-23, 2020.
Different notable works embrace “Turning into La Baker,” a one-woman present written, directed, choreographed and carried out by Sellem; “A Tribute to Josephine Baker,” efficiency piece with songs, dance and media written, carried out and produced on Feb. 2, 2018, as a part of the Miss Lottie’s Cafe sequence in Norwich.
She additionally directed The New Haven Play Challenge 2020 at Lengthy Wharf Theatre, which grew to become a digital efficiency throughout the pandemic.
As well as, she curated and directed the Fast Quarantined Play Competition that created alternatives for playwrights and actors to plot work just about throughout the pandemic for 12 rounds.
“Behind the Curtain of COVID-19,” performs by Sharece M. Sellem, have been directed and produced by Coelensense Theater of Bloomington, Illinois.
LaShawn is a 2003 Norwich Free Academy alumnus, a mom of three, and a neighborhood chief.
She is a licensed foster dad or mum by way of the Waterford Nation Faculty and works on the Oak Hill Connecticut Institute for The Blind.
Cunningham can be the founder and director of Blooming into Greatness, which is a nonprofit youth group.
She has obtained the 2016 Norwich NAACP Robertsine Duncan Youth Council President Award.
Her neighborhood service started when she served as a youth chief at Tabernacle of Deliverance and Reward. She additionally began a dance firm, Distinctive Reward Anointed Worship, when she was a youth chief.
LaShawn has produced exhibits on the Donald L. Oat Theater: “A Black Historical past Assortment” (2015); “Uncaged” (2015); “The Evolution of Music By means of African People” (2016); “Bare Open and Uncovered” (2017); “Kwanzaa Celebration” (2018).
LaShawn joined the Norwich Arts Heart Board of Administrators on March 24. Her present challenge is as Lead Teacher for “Dancing Our Heritage,” an after faculty enrichment digital program for the Norwich Public Faculties that runs by way of Might 28.
Roberta J. Vincent lives in New London and is a member of the Norwich Arts Heart Board and NFA Alumni Board.