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I am your Colletonian

Editors note:

This is a weekly series in which we will bring you the stories behind the faces that you see every day in our community. Everyone has a story, so look to meet your fellow Colletonians in each week’s issue!

Selah Mitchell. Photo by Christie Slocum

Selah Mitchell. Photo by Christie Slocum

Selah Mitchell has become a very familiar face over the past ten months, especially in the arts community. Unlike many of our previous Colletonians Mitchell was not born and raised in Colleton County. Instead she had the pleasure of moving around the world with her mother, Susan Snow. Snow served in the Army for 20 years and was able to take Mitchell and her older brother Gabriel Hernandez with her. The family spent time in Maryland, Germany, Texas, and Orlando. Mitchell has spent the last twelve years of her life here. She graduated from Colleton County High School and is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina. She plans on graduating in May 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in English.

When Mitchell was in seventh grade she joined Colleton Children’s Theatre. Her first production was Music Man and from that moment, she was hooked. She went on to perform in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, the second production of Annie, and Beauty and the Beast. After Beauty and the Beast, she was too old to be on stage so she volunteered her services to choreograph future shows.

She had already helped choreograph Annie and Jenny Bunton jumped at the chance to keep her on board. She added Mitchell to the team and had her choreograph Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, and 101 Dalmatians. She was also named as Assistant Director for both The Little Mermaid and 101 Dalmatians. “The bulk of ten years of my life has been spent with CCT, and I’ve loved every second of it. What Jenny Bunton and Bonnie Smith did and what Jenny, Campbell Trippe, and Dave Nay do now is something rare in this community. They offer kids a family and friends, a space to be ridiculous without ridicule, and an outlet for creativity we might not get in a place where sports often takes the reins. To be a part of that when I was younger is a lot of who I am today, so I do whatever is in my power to give back and make sure kids now have the same opportunity”, said Mitchell.

Mitchell feels very grateful that she has been able to serve as the assistant to Kim Bridge who is the Program Coordinator for the Colleton County Arts Council. She served as an intern last spring as a class credit for her degree. When her internship ended she was thrilled to learn the board decided to offer her a paid position to stay on and help. Along with taking college classes and working for the Colleton County Arts Council, Mitchell also works at Palmetto Parcels. In what little spare time she has she loves going to the movies, reading, writing, and talking to her friends about television shows. She also just got a new puppy and has been spending a lot of time with her lately. She does not know what the future holds for her after graduation but hopes that she can always supports CCT and CCAC from whereever she might be.

 

Christie Slocum (588 Posts)