As the founder and managing director of CARABANA Ensemble Theater Company, Inc., a 501 c(3) not-for-profit corporation, I respectfully submit this e-mail to the St. John Source. I have been performing as an actress from the time I was fourteen years old and won several local competitions such as the 1984 Hal Jackson's Talented Teen and the 1986 Miss St. John where I represented the U.S. Virgin Islands abroad. I recently represented the Virgin Islands in Ithaca, New York where I performed at the Firehouse Theater. This trip was such a success that now I have been invited to perform at the National Historic Site in Salem, Massachusetts and in New Haven, Connecticut at Yale University. After all this success, my company, CARABANA, has submitted an application to the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. that was initially prompted by the Delegate Donna Christensen who forwarded the application and is supportive of CARABANA's endeavors. This brings me to the purpose of this letter. As part of the NEA application an on-site visit is necessary to complete the application process. The on-site visitor is scheduled to film my performance and interview with me in Salem, Massachusetts on October 27, 2000 and I need the financial help of the community to provide me with travel and accommodations to meet the requirements of the NEA's application. This endeavor is a chance of a lifetime that I have been waiting for all my life. This endeavor will mean more to me and my company than my appearance on "All My Children" in 1995 when I appeared as "Nurse Williams." This can not only put me on the map as an actress but this can also put St. John on the map as I am a local St. Johnian and the only black woman founder and managing director of a local theater company from the tiny island of St. John.
Your help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated and I can be reached for further information at home at 776-6935.
Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from someone soon!
"Kie" (formerly Carla M. Sewer)
A PLEA FOR SUPPORT
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