Shawn P and actress, Nikki Snoddy

WORDS FROM SHAWN P
WOW!! It’s been one year already.  I am so glad for the positive feedback from this newsletter.  The reason and purpose of this format is to disseminate information.  I want to thank everyone for the e-mails, donations, wisdom, and shared knowledge.  Shawn P. Entertainment along with several other production companies have a litany of projects planned for your enjoyment.  My company is always looking for fresh ideas and information, so please feel free to e-mail me at:  shawnp_entertainment@yahoo.com or as the young people say, “FACEBOOK” me (Shawn P. Williams).
Keep Drama in Your Life,
Shawn P.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY

Pastor David Lunn, Julian, and Shawn P.

During this year’s Friends and Family day at Joseph Campau Avenue Church of God young Julian had 22 invited guests!!!  As a ‘thank you’ for his witnessing efforts, the young man received a Sylvania flat screen television.

AUTHOR – BRENDA McGEE
Brenda E. (Hampton) McGee

Educator / Author / Playwright / Poet

bhmcgee01@yahoo.com / 1 (313) 221-4660

Born a native New Yorker, McGee brought a slice of “The Big Apple” to Detroit when she was just a youth.  She has since resided in the Detroit metro area where she has crafted her extraordinary gifts: passion for writing, expertise in the performing arts, and poetic exhortations.

McGee, a graduate of Wayne State University, comes from a family of artistic achievers.  One of her first cousins performed in the popular hit musical, “Your Arms Are Too Short to Box with God.”  A niece performed in the Broadway musical, “The Lion King,” and her oldest daughter won the very first Lily Tomlin scholarship award for Acting at Cass Technical High School.  As one of the pioneer members of The Detroit Writer’s Guild, McGee has won poetry awards, debuted at the Detroit Institute of Arts with her original monologue, “Can We Talk?” and been featured in The Detroit News and The Chronicle for her poetic writings.

“It’s in my blood,” says McGee, who attributes all of her amazing talents to God and the many people who have touched her life.  This visionary artist has also written and successfully produced many of her own plays in schools and local churches throughout the metro area.  In addition, she has performed as a vocal artist with her husband/musician at numerous venues, including making appearances on major television and cablevision networks.  As an actress, she played one of the lead roles in a local theatrical production and assisted in coaching and directing. As a Speech, Drama, and Play Production teacher, McGee believes it’s important for performers to stay in touch with what it feels like being on stage so this can be passed on to the students.  She still performs for her class on occasion.

McGee’s dedication to her gift of writing is second to none.  McGee recalls the time when she wrote a poem every single day for a period of four consecutive years.  Since this special time in her life, she has written thousands of poems and continues to write about her life, her faith, and the times in which people live today, addressing all cultures, creeds of people, and the many situations confronting them in her new book, “Each New Day.”

Monique Foster as Sista Ketchup

SISTA KETCHUP

One day in September 2005, the women at Monique’s church (Conventional MBC) gave a family and friends program involving the guest to participate as well. Everyone was singing, so Monique asked GOD to give her something else to do besides singing in this program. Monique always liked being different. The Lord spoke to her about gospel comedy something Monique has never heard of. She was used to Ricky Smiley and other comedians cracking jokes about church, so gospel comedy had never crossed her mind. So, GOD gave her the name Sista Ketchup and how to dress her and what to do when in character. After that first time imitating a woman who does not care about the police, the 1-800 number, or whooping kids’ butts, she has been a hit with few in the Detroit church community.

Sista Ketchup Christian comedian is now on YouTube. Feel free to go to http://www.youtube.com in the search box type in comedy sista ketchup. You get to enjoy Sista Ketchup’s first stage act in 2006 & this year’s 2010 Easter program. Please forward & make comments on both youtube & her website @ http://www.sistaketchup.com. Thank you for your support. GOD Bless!

ACTOR OF THE SEASON….HENRY GRANGER-SMITH

Henry Granger-Smith is a dual student of Kettering High School and Detroit Allied Health Middle College High School. His favorite subject is math. He will graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate degree. After graduation he plans to continue his studies and become a surgical technician.

Henry is also a founding member of the “Authentic Boyz”, a group of teens dedicated to creating positive rap music. The group has performed for their high school as well as the Detroit Police Academy. A self-proclaimed sports enthusiast, Henry enjoys watching basketball and football.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time, Henry had a passing conversation with the CEO of Shawn P. Entertainment after which he landed the role of the narrator in the gospel play “Noah’s Ark.” As a result of this experience, he added acting to his list of interests and went on to portray the Prodigal Son in the gospel play of the same name where he received favorable reviews. On Sundays you will find Henry at the Joseph Campau Avenue Church of God.

FROM ACTRESS to PRODUCER – KIRSTEN BYRD

1. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACTING & PRODUCING?

As an actress I do not have to worry about all of the other elements and pieces that go into a production.  I do not have to be concerned with lighting, what the cast and crew are going to eat, props, etc.  When I’m an actress I just do my job and that is to act.  As a producer I have to make sure that everything comes together.  My main focus is the production as a whole.

2. WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING ON YOUR LAST PROJECT?

The hardest thing was working with each actor’s availability. I had made a rehearsal schedule 2 months prior to rehearsals. But life happens and things change. It was a challenge making sure everyone received sufficient direction and time to create their character. However my cast was AWESOME and I think we nailed it!

3. WHAT WAS THE EASIEST THING ON YOUR LAST PROJECT?

The easiest thing was EVERYTHING else. God called me to begin work on my production company and to write this show. I wrote Til Death Do Us Part in 2 weeks in April and began pre-production shortly after.  When it came to casting, finding a venue, rehearsal space, tickets, marketing, etc everything fell into place. God was the REAL producer and director. He guided me through this entire process.

4. WHAT’S YOUR NEXT EVENT?

Up next as a producer I will be casting for a short film I wrote entitled “Grey Skies.” It’s a dramatic piece about a woman going through postpartum depression and her husband’s struggle to keep his family together.  As an actress I was recently cast as a dancer in The Sam Cooke story opening at the Music Hall on December 30!

UPCOMING EVENTS….

NEWSLETTER FEEDBACK

Thanks for all the wonderful information. – Vonda Allen

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Nice newsletter Shawn. – Theresa Edwards

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Brother Shawn,

Thank you for the continued updates of what’s happening.  I pray all is well with you and plan to see you this September 12 at Pleasant Grove.  God’s continued blessings. Peace. – Chaplain DK Harden (DPS Police)


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