Jai’Len Josey’s portrayal of Effie White in “Dreamgirls” earned the 15 year old national acclaim.
She won the best actress “Jimmy Award” at the National High School Musical Theater Awards earlier this month in New York.
In other words, this student at Tri-Cities High School, in East Point, is the best in the country in high school musical theater. Her fans recognize her talent. Her online fundraiser to pay for her New York trip brought in $3,600 when her goal was $3,000.
Here’s her award winning performance.
And WABE public radio did interviewed the young actress in its City Cafe program. You can hear it by clicking this link.
Olga Lopez-Gomez was the top student in the Class of 2014 at Tri-Cities High School is
In her valedictory speech, “I tried to get across they should endure everything that comes their way, even if it’s very difficult. We’re all living with disadvantages. … That shouldn’t bring them down but toughen them up to be better and stronger.”
In high school, she also enjoyed math club, STEM Academy and the DECA marketing club, where she competed all four years and this year served as club president and school store manager. Club advisor Valencia Parks admires Olga’s gifts and determination.
“She wants so much out of life and she goes full force,” Parks said. “She’s a fireball. … She’s very persistent in whatever it is she’s trying to do. She’s just academically gifted. She’s a leader. … Olga goes above and beyond with everything she does.”
She is profiled in the Georgia Bulletin.
Performing Arts Center
Students at Tri-Cities High School are putting on the hit musical “Dreamgirls.”
The curtain goes up on March 13 with multiple performances.
Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James “Thunder” Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due?
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Box Office Hours 8am – 4pm
Box Office Address:
Fine Arts Magnet Building
2575 Harris Street
East Point, GA 30344
Box Office Number: 404-669-8010
For tickets, go to the website.