Author: Kevin Lee

Embattled ballet board responds

Mobile Ballet’s board president has issued a statement of resolve to fight recent allegations she called “false and reckless.” Sandra Parker, M.D., answered a lawsuit filed Jan. 27 by one former and two current board members naming 10 directors and Karen Kennedy, the managing director/development director, as agents of “misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty and self-dealing.” “It is full of untrue, mean-spirited and wholly unwarranted statements. We plan to do the only thing you can do with such nonsense, to contest it,” Parker wrote. The one-page letter begins “Dear Mobile Ballet community” and is dated Feb. 18, 2017. “I...

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Shakespeare storms Playhouse

Of course William Shakespeare would know how to go out with a bang. As his last solo work, “The Tempest” has got sorcery, spirits, monsters, shipwrecks and, naturally, the titular storm. No wonder Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive), Mobile’s longest-running youth playhouse, chose it as its spring 2017 production. This 70-minute adaptation is designed for middle and high school-aged viewers and suitable for ages 12 and up. While there are school-day performances slated for Feb. 21, 22 and 23, public shows take place Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16, $14...

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Ballet board brouhaha boils in lawsuit (documents)

Fractious rifts at Mobile Ballet are now public after a legal complaint against a majority of the board of directors was filed in Mobile County Circuit Court Jan. 27. A trio of current and past board members named 10 other board members and the director as defendants in the civil action. The 52-page verified derivative lawsuit alleged breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy to breach those duties, among other serious allegations. Twenty-five pages of documentary evidence accompany the suit. “It’s not the purpose of this lawsuit for disgruntled people to vent their frustrations about what the majority has done....

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Cudjoe Lewis bust unveiling in Plateau

Sculptor and University of Mobile instructor April Livingston spent much of the last year crafting a historical piece for a unique African-American community in Plateau. Her iron bust of Cudjoe Lewis, the last surviving African-born slave brought to the United States, will be dedicated at the Union Missionary Baptist Church (508 Bay Bridge Road) on Sunday, Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m. A previous bust was stolen from the church, which sits near the foot of the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge, in 2002. When Livingston discovered the saga, she offered to make a replacement. A GoFundMe campaign secured the project’s $5,000 costs in...

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McKenzie steps from JJP stage to top office

If you’re looking for signs of optimism, you can find them on midtown’s Carlen Street. That’s where the state’s oldest community theater troupe is making room for fresh leadership. “I’ve already been up there cleaning out the office, where we’ve got accounting books and things going back for a long time. We just haven’t had the manpower, haven’t had anybody there to sort of streamline things, and I think having someone there day to day is going to make a huge difference,” said Jason McKenzie, the new executive director of the Joe Jefferson Players. The 39-year-old already has an...

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