Eddie Frazier (Frazier), chair of the Statesboro High School Drama department, delivered a spectacular SOLD OUT performance as part of the Averitt’s ONE series at the Whitaker Black Box Theater on Friday night.
The One series was created by Michael Whitaker, who directs the series and features local artists, story tellers and musicians. Friday’s show featured Frazier who opened with a “this is your life” style interview conducted by ACA board member Reesie Fuller. Frazier discussed his childhood and recognized people throughout his life that had been a major influence on him.
After a brief intermission, the second half included sections of songs, dance and acting by Frazier. In typical Frazier style, he used the event designed to celebrate his life and tremendous impact on thousands of children in our community as yet one more opportunity to showcase and highlight his students. He featured many former and current students.
In a touching tribute to his mom, he opened the show with one of her favorite songs accompanied by her on piano.
It is easy to see how Frazier is so loved by his students. His talent is incredible, his wit is sharp and his ability to speak powerfully to each person in the room is such a wonderful gift.
Eddie Frazier has been teaching drama at Statesboro High School since 2001, and has been the theater director since 2004. He’s directed dramatic pieces such as Wit, Suddenly, Last Summer, ‘night, Mother, and The Whales of August as well as numerous large musical theater productions such as The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Charlotte’s Web, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, and Mulan. He also directed 9 to 5: The Musical, ‘night, Mother and Guys, and Dolls for the Averitt STARS. He was the voice of Audrey II in the STARS production of Little Shop of Horrors, and co-directed the Averitt Youth Theater’s production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He also starred as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family at the Averitt Center.
ONE Series is exclusively sponsored by Brinson, Williams and Groomes Insurance.
From Frazier via Facebook:
WOW! I had so much fun tonight in my ONE show at the Whitaker Black Box!!! Mical Whitaker, I can’t tell you how honored I was that you asked me to do this! I appreciate the opportunity so much! So many people to thank!!! Thank you Kellye Watts for the wonderful accompaniment!!! I love working with you! Robert Faller, thank you for all you did with the technical part of the show! It was perfect as always! Robert Cottle, I thank you for working with us and helping me select just the right pieces for the show!!!! Ressie Fuller, I just plain had fun with you!!! Thank you for making the interview so much fun! Ashley Wade, thank you for dancing while I sang! It was beautiful as always! To my current student Helen Piltner, I thank you for your marvelous accompaniment on “Lili Marleen!” I’ve always wanted to sing that song, and you made it great! I also am so honored to have had my mother there tonight to play my opening song!!! I love her so much, and I’m glad to have her!!! Ah, my peeps!!!!!! Brandi Womack Harvey, Rachel Elkins, Ashley Whittemore, Sally Marie Futch, Joshua Murray, YOU WERE SO GREAT!!!!! You made it so much fun!!!!! Thank you so much for lending your immense talents to this show! To all my Statesboro folks, my students (former and current), and some very dear friends from back home, I thank you for coming tonight!!!! It was so relaxing to see your faces!!! A special shout-out to all the folks at the Averitt Center for the Arts for all your hard work with this series!!! I’m just so thankful to have had the opportunity to do a ONE Series show! Everyone, have a great night!