December 1, 2009


Annual Christmas Gala December 10

The Northeast Alabama Community College Foundation Board is hosting its annual Christmas Gala on December 10, at 6:30 pm, in the lobby of the Tom Bevill Lyceum on campus. It will be an exciting evening and with special entertainment for those in attendance. Miss Kimberly Chesser, a former NACC student and now an actress in New York City, will perform.

Chesser is the daughter of Hurston and LaVerne Chesser of Fyffe and a graduate of Fyffe High School. Her love of acting started at NACC when her mother took her to see Shenandoah. She has performed in over a dozen plays at NACC Theatre under the direction of Ann Everett. Kimberly graduated cum laude with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Montevallo. Her professional acting career began at Theatre West Virginia, and she now lives in New York City.

Highlights of her career include the national tours of Camelot and Ragtime, as well as touring Japan as a guest soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic. She recently filmed a new TV pilot called The Hicks, playing David Naughton’s wife, and has also shared the stage with Richard Kind, Natalie Portman, Mike Nichols, and Meryl Streep. Additional theatrical credits include Jekyll and Hyde, Footloose, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, and The Nerd. Along with acting, Chesser has her own voice studio in New York. Her students can be seen all over the world, from cruise lines to Broadway stages.

“This Gala is shaping up to be one of the most exciting evenings we’ve had at Northeast,” said Susan Barron, Director of Events Planning. “We’re all looking forward to seeing Kimberly Chesser again on the Northeast stage. She has had so many rich experiences since leaving NACC and we look forward to seeing her perform at home, on her first stage.”

“A beautiful gourmet dinner will be served, as well. We hope many of our Northeast graduates and friends of the College will show their support by purchasing tickets and supporting the work of our Foundation Board,” continued Barron. “Many students will be assisted through the monies raised at this event. We look forward to our Northeast friends being with us on this special evening.”

Tickets for the event are $50 each and can be purchased from Nancy Griggs in the Workforce Development Building, Room 259, or Susan Barron, Pendley Administration Building, Room 205. Tickets may also be purchased by phoning ext. 248.