Mom and Daughter at the 75th Annual Tony Awards

Tar Heel – “Vivien Yearwood has had a sense” since her 3-year-old daughter Valencia was that dancing would possibly take her place – though medical faculty ultimately topped the listing of priorities.

“I type of thought she had an opportunity even again then.” stated Vivian, a resident of Tar Hill. “However regardless that she went to medical faculty in Syracuse, there got here a day when she informed me she could not do it anymore…she simply wished to bounce.

“After attending to my knees, I gave her my assist,” she added.

On June 12, mom and daughter attended the seventy fifth Annual Tony Awards at Madison Sq. Backyard, the place Valencia was nominated for seven Tony Awards as co-producer of the Broadway play “Coloured Women”.

“It was wonderful,” Vivian stated. “It was like an out-of-body expertise.”

Vivian stated there was “numerous glitter and lights”, and he or she was handled like a celeb – together with being transported in a limousine and pushed to the occasion.

“I am not the star-studded kind, however I have been capable of see some well-known individuals like Samuel L. Jackson and others,” she stated.

For her half, Valencia, who lives in South Orange, NJ, the seven Tony Awards are the fruits of a profession that features a half within the Broadway play, “The Lion Kings,” and consists of elements within the at present ongoing Colonial Bean. The subsequent Trueist business and advert.

“The Tony Awards nominations had been one of many highlights of my profession,” Valencia stated, regardless of not profitable. “He was charming, inspiring and great. There’s nothing like when your tribe comes collectively to rejoice the perfect of all of us…

“It was much more particular to share with my mother,” she added.

Valencia continues to check the efficiency of elements in commercials, however plans to take a break this summer time to recharge.

“I had affords to provide within the fall, so I am going to take into consideration that alongside the best way,” she stated.

Nonetheless, the mother continued to get pleasure from her daughter’s accomplishments after the Tony Awards earlier within the month — in addition to remembering one thing from the previous.

“I took her when she was eight, in 1972, to see the unique ‘Coloured Women,’ so I accomplished the episode by co-producing the identical present for Broadway,” Vivian stated. “As well as, Valencia had her diploma in biology, however she was around the globe in her profession.

As for her pleasure in her daughter…

“I could not be extra happy with what I’ve achieved,” stated Vivian. “However I joke about telling folks that I am the co-producer.”

Extra about Valencia

Valencia Yearwood started her profession as a dancer, becoming a member of the Harlem dance scene, the place she rose to the rank of soloist.

Her movie and tv appearances embrace The Guiding Mild, Clockers, Malcolm X, The Cosby Mysteries, and Legislation and Order. She has appeared in quite a few nationwide and regional commercials, together with Liberty Mutual, Advair, Motels.com, Verizon, FedEx, BJ’s Warehouse, Publix, New York Lotto, and Partnership for a Drug Free America. Her voice work consists of campaigns for Walmart, Goal, Nickelodeon, McDonald’s, Goodwrench, Mushy Sheen Carson, and BellSouth.

Her credit embrace Off-Broadway Encores! @ Metropolis Middle, and the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic Metropolis. She co-produced a one-woman present ShelfLife on the Fringe Theater Pageant in New York Metropolis. Valencia’s Broadway credit embrace as soon as on a mattress with Sarah Jessica Parker, and he or she was final seen on Broadway in The Lion King.

As an entrepreneur, Valencia is the proprietor of Linci Productions, Inc, an organization that helps people, nonprofits, and firms develop their presentation expertise via lecture rooms, teaching and mentoring applications. With a ardour to assist artists, entrepreneurs and company professionals categorical themselves authentically and successfully, Valencia trains its shoppers on tips on how to improve communication and group constructing practices utilizing the artwork and ability of performing.

Her skilled membership consists of the Actors Fairness Society, the American Federation of Tv and Radio Artists, the Display screen Actors Guild, and the New York Ladies in Movie and Tv Guild.

W. Curt Vincent might be reached at 910-862-4163 or ncvincent@bladenjournal.com.