WCHS student to perform in upcoming musical


Eriya Hobbs, a Pine Bluff native, will be one of the cast members in an original musical, “The Best Thing That Happened To Me,” presented by KTM Productions and Positive Images in Christ.

The musical will be presented March 14-16 at Philander Smith College at Little Rock in Harris Auditorium; West Memphis Civic Center on March 21-22; and the University of Central Arkansas in the Ida Waldron Auditorium on April 21.

“The Best Thing That Happened To Me” is an original musical about a Dallas, Texas salon owner named Justin Alexander. One day while working at his salon, Justin finds out from one of his clients — a detective with the Dallas Police Department — that his deceased ex-girlfriend has a son who is in the child welfare system. Upon further investigation, Justin discovers that the deceased girlfriend’s son, who was put up for adoption, was born around nine months after he and his ex-girlfriend broke up. Justin immediately begins a pursuit to make contact with the young man who may be his son.

While Justin is in pursuit to find his son, a parallel story begins to emerge dealing with a young teenager, Michael, who has been shuffled through the foster care system. Michael currently lives at a very seedy youth facility in South Dallas. Michael befriends another girl at the facility, a Pollyanna optimist name Veronica who encourages him to look at the brighter side of life by believing in a higher power.

Meanwhile, the Dallas news media becomes involved in a story about a young man who is living at a youth facility in Dallas. A deceased woman has left an inheritance involving millions of dollars in cash, assets and property to her next-of-kin. Things then become complicated when it is discovered that Michael may be the heir to the deceased woman’s fortune.

Eriya will play the role of Veronica.

Eriya is the 16-year-old daughter of Stephanie Jackson-Hobbs and Eric Hobbs. She is the granddaughter of Alvin and Katie Demery and Beverly Hobbs. She is a student at Watson Chapel High School, where she participates in choir, track, 1st Priority and is a member of the Wildcat Cheerleading Squad. She is also a member of Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where she is an active member of the youth department and praise dance team.

Eriya has filmed two commercials and was signed with The Agency, a casting agency for models and actors at Little Rock.

Tickets for the musical are $25-$35 and can be purchased at Ugly Mike’s Record Store and Pyramid Bookstore at Little Rock; Craft’s Music Store at West Memphis; charge by phone at 501-420-3704; or by logging on www.thebestthing.eventbrite.com.