By Melanie Patterson

The North Jefferson News




If one man has his way, the City of Morris will soon have its own thriving arts community.

Colby King has laid the groundwork to start the Morris Arts Council.

King, from Gardendale, has lived in Morris for four years and wants to see his city offer more for young people.

“I want to make Morris known for more than just sports,” said King. “I’m a big sports fan, but I think there’s too much involved with sports in this area.”

King said he plans to recruit students from Mortimer Jordan High School. He recently attended the school’s production of “Little Women,” and was impressed with what he saw.

“It was better than most high-school shows,” he said. “It was very good.”

King said he has worked on numerous shows from New York City and the Alabama Theater, mostly as a director but also as an actor.

He recently directed “Anne of Green Gables” at Bragg Middle School and is currently directing “Sweeney Todd” at Red Mountain Theater Company and “Jekyll and Hyde” at Shades Valley Theater Academy.

King said he would eventually like to see the Morris Arts Council grow to include not just theater arts, but also visual arts and other areas of the arts.

For now, though, he’s starting with a stage production.

King is adapting the movie script for “The Notebook” into a stage play.

“It’s never been done on stage,” he said.

King is working alone for now, but he is searching for an assistant director.

The production will be performed at the Morris Senior Center, which King said would accommodate a stage and an audience of about 40 people.

As the Morris Arts Council grows, so will the venue, King said.

He will be holding auditions after the first of the year.

The only cost to actors will be $20 or less for a 150-page script. King said the arts council would be having fund-raisers to pay for props and other costs.

He is looking for actors ages 15 to 25 as well as two senior citizens for “The Notebook.”

Later, he wants to stage mystery shows and other productions for younger children.

“I’m trying to make it as friendly to all ages as I possibly can,” King said. “I do everything I can to help all of my students out. I want them to prosper as much as I want to prosper.”

To learn more about the Morris Arts Council, call KIng at 370-0630 or email colbyk019@yahoo.com.

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