SPIRIT OF STANLY 2024: The Talent Company inspires the next generation of theater

The Talent Company is a non-profit organization committed to educating the youth of Stanly County and surrounding communities in all aspects of theater production while nurturing creative expression, self confidence, inclusion, teamwork and an appreciation for the arts. Over the years The Talent Company has continued its goal of performing high-quality musical and non-musical productions with an emphasis on student growth.

Mattiegrace Brewer (as Buddy) leads the cast of “Elf The Musical Jr.” in December 2023. (Contributed)

This group was founded by youth backstage on the set of The Uwharrie Players’  production of “South Pacific” in 2005. Their dream was to create an organization that would allow them to participate in all parts of a musical production including direction, set design, choreography, sound and lighting design. Founding youth members are Rebekah Asycue, Jordi Coats, Staley Story and Kristen Throneburg.

The company’s first show premiered on Dec. 3, 2005 at the First Presbyterian Church of Albemarle, to a crowd of over 200 people. In February 2020, the cast of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” performed at the Stanly County Agri Civic Center to a crowd of over a thousand at their Sunday matinee.

This article previously appeared in the Spirit of Stanly magazine.