“Growing Up Gospel”

Patriot Players

Cast members of “Growing Up Gospel: Music Revue” practice choreography during rehearsal on Aug. 21. Pictured from left are Pamela Wall, Erica Becker, Demi Richardson, Heather Minter and Brandon Martin.

You’re invited to a free, give-what-you-can fundraising show at Patrick Henry Community College that presents traditional, contemporary and modern gospel performed within musical theatre.

“Growing Up Gospel: Music Revue” will open on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. with an additional performance on Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. in Walker Fine Arts Theatre on PHCC’s campus. Director Devin Pendleton said it’s a “very musical theatre-style revue” with all the gospel songs the community has grown up singing in church.

“Church choirs may not feel they have a place in musical theatre – they may think they can’t perform on stage,” Pendleton said. “This revue lets them connect to the community on another level. Gospel music is powerful. It can impact you emotionally, mentally and spiritually.”

Some of the numbers performed in the revue include “Battlefield,” “For Every Mountain,” “Now Behold the Lamb,” and “Shackles.”

“This is a way for me to show my support for community theatre,” said Pamela Wall, a performer in “Growing Up Gospel.” “I do a lot of plays, and not a lot of musicals, so this is a chance for me to use my voice. These songs weren’t that familiar to me; it’s not what I grew up singing. It’s been an awesome experience to learn all the new music.”

Performer Heather Minter said, “I just enjoy Jesus. How could I not be part of a show about Jesus? Being in this has been a lot of fun, and it’s just uplifting to come in from work and sing and dance to music about Jesus. I feel so uplifted going home after rehearsal.”

For one cast member, participating in this show has been a healing process. Michelle Johnson-Epps is singing in her first musical since battling breast cancer.

“I recently finished with chemo, and I have my good days and bad days,” she said, “but this is the best way to start feeling better. I took a chance knowing my immune system was still weak, but I’m feel very blessed to have gotten through everything. Healing is a process.”

Patriot Players Director Jane Leizer said with everything PHCC has been through in the past several weeks, this show serves as a chance to reflect and move forward.

“We’ve been through changes, reconstruction and the loss of our coworkers,” she said. “This show is all about tolerance, love and acceptance of who we are. We have an amazing group of people in this show, and we’re so excited to bring it to the community.”

The suggested donation for the show is $5, but Pendleton said audience members are welcome to give what they can.

“Making theatre affordable is a main goal of the Patriot Players,” Pendleton said. “It takes out the excuse of ‘I can’t go because it’s too expensive.’ This is a great opportunity for everyone to see the talent we have in our community.”

The cast includes Wall, Minter, Johnson-Epps, Erica Becker, Valeria Edwards, Kimberly Hairston, Robbie Hendrix, Brandon Martin, Christy Pulliam, Demi Richardson, Charlotte Spencer and Lori Lowe, who is an adult career coach at PHCC.

To find out more, visit http://www.patrickhenry.edu/patriotplayers or call (276) 638-8777 ext. 0460.

Patriot Players

(From left) Demi Richardson held by Robbie Hendrix and Kimberly Hairston held by Brandon Martin, practice a lift during rehearsal for the show “Growing Up Gospel: Music Revue.”

Patriot Players Season Two



The PHCC Patriot Players are back for Season 2!

Auditions for CLUE THE MUSICAL & 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE THE MUSICAL will be held on August 25 & 27, 2014 from 6pm-8pm & August 30, 2014 from 11am-1pm in the Walker Fine Arts/Student Center theatre at Patrick Henry Community College.

Q: What do I need to audition?
A: To audition, participants should bring 16 bars of music (roughly one verse and one course). An accompanist will be provided, or singing a cappella is permitted. If a track from a CD or MP3 player is used, please use a track without pre-recorded vocals. Actors must be at least 13 years old to audition. Everyone is welcome.




Email phccpatriotplayers@patrickhenry.edu to schedule an audition time OR just stop by the theatre. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen around with those who have scheduled appointments. For additional information, visit http://www.patrickhenry.edu/patriotplayers or call (276) 638-8777 ext. 0460. Must be at least 13yrs+ to audition.

Q: Can I audition for both?
A: Yes! You may choose to audition for one or both musicals. Each production holds a six (6) week rehearsal timeline leading to the first performance.

Q: Do I have to be enrolled in the class or as a PHCC student to participate?
A: No. While our goal is to offer collegiate level educational opportunities and elective credits, we also serve as an outlet for the community. We exist to offer local students and community members the opportunity to broaden their artistic talent, and engage in a structured performing arts environment.

“Remember: At PHCC everyone is either a STUDENT or a POTENTIAL STUDENT, so we would love to have you consider being part of this collegiate performing arts program!” – Dr. Angeline Godwin (PHCC President)

Q: How can I participate AND receive collegiate credit toward my Fall 2014 semester?
A: It’s EASY! Contact your advisor and he/she will assist you in adding a PHCC Patriot Players course (CST-136) to your schedule.

Have additional questions? Contact (276) 638-8777 and a member of the PHCC staff will be happy to assist you.

Below are a few links that will help get you started.

Apply to PHCC


Register Online


Financial Aid


We look forward to another successful year of entertainment combined with education! PHCC supports all performing arts in its service region and looks to add value to existing programs and efforts.​

PHCC culinary students to stage cooking demo

Farmers MarketUptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market and Patrick Henry Community College’s culinary program are teaming up to put on a cooking demonstration for the community.

The “Farm to Fork” cooking event will be Monday, Aug. 11 with sampling starting at 5 p.m. Bob “Chef Bob” Koester, a culinary arts instructor at PHCC, will highlight vegetables grown by local farmers in the demonstration.

He said, “This is a great event for us to bring visibility to uptown Martinsville for the culinary department and the farmers market, and to showcase what this area has to offer the community at night.”

Pat Folio, manager of the Uptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market, said she’s hoping the “farm to fork” concept will catch on more throughout the area.

“We have a few local restaurants like Mtn’ Jax that are taking advantage of the farmers market, but we hope more will get on board,” she said. “Everything that’s available in our farmers market is grown on our soil in the area. You can talk to the farmer who grew it, the person who baked the goods, or the person who crafted what you’re buying. It’s cheaper, more sustainable, and a great way to support your local businesses is by supporting the farmers market.”

The Uptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market is open on Mondays from 4-7 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to noon and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon until the end of September. Starting in October, the market will be open only on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon, and it will close for winter at the end of October.

“We are so excited that Chef Bob is doing this with his students,” Folio said. “There’s a lot of room for growth, so we’re hoping this is something we can do annually.”

To get the latest updates, visit the farmers market on Facebook by searching “Farmers Market-Uptown Martinsville.”

Campus Construction Update

Be careful on campus throughout the rest of the summer and fall!

The renovation of the biology labs in West Hall starts next week. There will be construction activity on the second and third floor from now until approximately Dec. 1. The parking lot on the north side of West Hall will be closed to public parking.

Some science classes for the fall semester have been scheduled to accommodate this move.  The new labs will be ready for spring 2015 semester classes!

Aleman-Saba named to NJCAA All-American Team

StibelPHCC freshman and Dominican Republic native, Stibel Aleman-Saba was recently named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American First Team.

With his selection, Aleman-Saba is the third First Team All-American in Patrick Henry Community College’s history.  He is one of three outfielders in the nation that was given this honor.

“Stibel put together a magnificent season and this honor is well deserved,”  head baseball coach Lucas Jones said.  “Stibel has a passion and energy for the game that helped put him in position to have individual success.  Stibel would be the first to tell you that his individual success is a result of the team that surrounds him.”

Stibel, by way of James River High School in Richmond, VA,  put together one of the best freshman seasons in program history as he completed the 2014 regular season with a .381 batting average for the Patriots.  Even while battling an injury for most of the season, he still was able to provide 53 hits on the year, including 16 doubles, 2 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 33 runs scored in 36 games played.

The All-American nod is the latest in a string of accomplishments for Stibel who was also named the Region X Player of the Year.  The freshman currently holds a 3.2 gpa, while pursuing an Associates Degree in General Studies.

Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary Board awards scholarships

The Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County Volunteer Auxiliary Board recently awarded two nursing students at Patrick Henry Community College with scholarships of $500 each for the spring 2014 semester.

Devyn Varner, a PHCC student getting ready for her second semester, said she was thankful to receive this award.

“Receiving this scholarship is a great opportunity for me,” she said. “I actually used it to pay for one of my classes this summer. It was very helpful.”

The second recipient, Greg Harduk, will graduate in December from the nursing program. He said because he’s not on financial aid, this scholarship is a great help to him and his family.

“I’m using this scholarship to pay for my tuition,” he said. “It helps take some of the pressure off my wife, who is supporting me right now. It helps tremendously.”

Nancy Craig, a volunteer board member for the auxiliary, said they were happy to reward hardworking students at PHCC.

“We really want to give back to our community,” she said. “In everything we do, we give back to the hospital and the community to help others. And helping with the cost of education is definitely a good thing.”

The auxiliary takes proceeds from the hospital’s gift shop and they hold events, such as uniform and book sales, to help support scholarships and help care for patients who have been released from the hospital, according to Craig.

Craig said they will increase their scholarship awards to give three in both the spring and fall semesters starting in the fall 2014 semester.

The scholarship was established in November 2012 by the volunteer auxiliary board at the hospital. To date, six nursing students have received $3,000 in tuition funding. The awards can be used for tuition, books and fees.

Contacts for this scholarship are Craig and Anne Anderson. To qualify, students must

-          be enrolled in either PHCC registered nurse or practical nursing programs;

-          be a full-time student;

-          have demonstrated financial need;

-          and have and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

PHCC Nursing Scholarship

(From left) Christopher Parker, executive director of the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, congratulates scholarship winners Devyn Varner and Greg Harduk on receiving a scholarship from the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County Volunteer Auxiliary Board. Also pictured is Nancy Craig, a volunteer serving on the auxiliary board.