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Carr makes cut, gets cut a paycheck

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DaNiesha Carr, a Nathalie native and member of The Prizery Summer Theatre cast. (David Conner II photo) / June 20, 2013
What was your job (summer or otherwise) when you were 21?

DaNiesha Carr made Prizery history when, in this fourth season of Summer Theatre, she becomes the first local actor to be hired for the professional cast. She joins the ranks of young people from up and down the East Coast (and a few farther afield) who spend about two months making theatre magic — and getting paid to do it.

A graduate of Halifax County High School, she’s now at Averett University in Danville. Look for her in the ensemble of “Oliver!” and as Pilar in “Legally Blonde.”

Carr describes the distinction as “an honor.”

“The professional cast is full of such amazing talent, and I feel extremely lucky to not only get a chance to work with them all but also be considered an equal. Although challenging, this has to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. There’s nothing like being paid to do what you love, and being referred to as ‘professional’ always makes me smile,” she says in an e-mail.

So this summer, Carr sings, dances and spends hours holed up in The Prizery, where right now the cast is in rehearsal for all three shows simultaneously.

What might she be doing if she hadn’t gotten on board?

“It amazes me how much of a toll college life can have on a person. I am always extremely busy during a semester, but I am notorious for being a true example of the word ‘vacation’ whenever I am at home. Had I not been hired at The Prizery I would have been at home continuing my yearly ritual,” she quips.

She is the daughter of James and Debra Carr.

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This is why no tax money should be given to the prizery!
Paying to act there. Our country has lost all common sense

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