Lucy Addison was an African-American teacher in the days of segregated Roanoke. The namesake of Lucy Addison Middle School, Miss Lucy was born during the Civil War in Fauquier County, and came to Roanoke as a teacher. From the LAMS website:
“Miss Addison’s teaching career began in the City of Roanoke at Gainsboro Elementary where she taught for thirty-one years. In 1917, she was named principal of the new Harrison School, which offered one year of high school. In 1924, the high school was accredited by the state and enjoyed the distinction of being the largest black school in Virginia with a female principal.”
“Miss Lucy,” a folk opera based on her life, will premiere in the June M. McBroom Theater at Community High School November 17-19, with music by jazz pianist William Penn and bluegrass musician Tom Ohmsen, with libretto by director Les Epstein.
Auditions will take place Saturday, October 8. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and see the below flyer for more: