Mathews-Dickey Alumnus Diamond Gladney & Spanky Hayes of MTV “Wild N Out” Bring Their Play “Santa B. Cause” to St. Louis
Diamond Gladney & Spanky Hayes of MTV “Wild N Out” Fame Enlist Kids to Produce Santa B. Cause for 1,000 SLPS Students on Dec. 9
Children of Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club have the unique opportunity to take part in the production and performance of an original play “Santa B. Cause” written by Mathews-Dickey Alumnus Diamond Gladney and starring Actor/Comedian Spanky Hayes of MTV’s “Wild N Out” fame. The play debuts to an audience of 1,000 St. Louis Public School Children at the David Joseph McKay IV Holiday Party at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9 in the Richard B. Loynd Gym at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club, 4245 N. Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63115.
David Joseph McKay IV Holiday Party
For three decades, Mathews-Dickey has produced this holiday party to reward students for excellent attendance, grades and behavior with entertainment, with every child receiving a goody bag and being entered into a drawing for 30 bicycles and 10 $50 gift cards through the generosity of the McKay family.
This is the first year that a play will be a part of the festivities. The 90-minute production is a story of redemption, detailing a con man’s journey after being sentenced by the courts to become an inner-city St. Nicholas named Santa B. Cause.
“It is a day where talents are showcased and laughter is heard all throughout the building,” said President & CEO Wendell Covington, Jr. “We’re pleased to have one of our very own former members bring this original production that includes youth behind-the-scenes and on-the-stage.” It’s a wonderful time for the St. Louis Public School Community to come together and celebrate as a family.”
Writer Diamond Gladney
“Mathews-Dickey saved my life, so to speak,” said Gladney. “I was on a real bad path, a destructive path…and Mr. Mathews invested time in me, got me involved in sports so I was doing something actually constructive with my free time. Now I see it as my duty to help other kids through the Club.”
Gladney got his start as a dancer and singer with the third generation of the world’s famous Four Step Brothers, The Gladney Brothers. They would go on to travel the world, performing with such legends as Sammy Davis Jr., Nancy Wilson, Redd Foxx and numerous others. After performing for a decade with The Gladney Brothers, Diamond turned his attention to behind the curtain. This would lead to GMG (Gladney Management Group) which represents many of today’s biggest entertainers and athletes. Then Gladney began writing and producing for MTV, VH-1, and NBC hit programs (Nick Cannon’s Wild N Out, Guy Code, Girl Code, Black Ink Crew, Saturday Night Live and others).
Since moving back to his hometown earlier this year, Gladney, has been working hard to add various entertainment based classes for students that he teaches or has other professionals teach at Mathews-Dickey and throughout the community. The students in this production take part in his ShowBiz & Beyond Class held at Mathews-Dickey.
For more information Santa B. Cause, the ShowBiz & Beyond classes or any other questions regarding Mathews-Dickey please brows/search our website or call Bill Fronczak at 314.679.5228.