North Carolina Theatre presents: IN THE HEIGHTS
Directed by Michael Balderrama
October 16-22nd, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
Carly has been cast as "Camila Rosario" in this incredible show. Learn more here about the full cast!
Background: This was the first successful musical that Lin Manuel Miranda wrote before his success with Hamilton. “ tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.”
I was a guest on an episode of the podcast Hustle Over Entitlement. The podcast features the stories of trailblazers and risk takers. Take a listen on the Hustle Over Entitlement site or on: iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play
Thank you to hosts, Gabriella and Camille, for inviting me to be a part of this inspiring podcast! Check out what they have to say about this episode here:
About the episode: Authenticity is a defining characteristic of a person who chooses hustle over entitlement. Carly Jones shares her story of how honoring her roots, her talent, and her calling to amplify the voices of others has made for a rewarding and fulfilling career path.
Carly Prentis Jones is a theatre artist, singer, arts advocate and cultural activist who seeks to elevate social consciousness through the arts. She is a proud Raleigh native and performs on stages throughout the region. Carly is a versatile artist, performing in opera, musical theatre, as well as in classic and contemporary theatre. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Arts in Black Music History, and a minor in Arts Management.
When she is not on stage, Carly works in arts administration with organizations throughout North Carolina. She has used her creativity and her event planning skills to assist with large social justice movements and marches throughout the state. Her efforts in furthering social justice include collaborations with the NC National Organization for Women, The Black on Black Project, Bull City Black Theatre Festival, Artists United, Voices for Justice and various other change agencies and arts organizations. Carly has served on the Steering and Planning Committee and emceed The Women's March on Raleigh for the past two years. Carly was a 2015 New Leader's Council of North Carolina Fellow and she is currently the 2018 Co-Director for the state chapter.
Carly's "sweet spot" is when her two passions - the arts and activism - are combined to create the most powerful form of expression - artistic activism or "artivism". Carly believes that the arts can be powerful and effective tools used to express different perspectives and points of view while cultivating empathy and bridging divisions throughout our diverse country.