Student to present one-man show about diabetes

Western Carolina University sophomore Jonathan Cobrda will present his original one-man show “Sweet ‘N Low: The True Story of One Diabetic’s Journey to Keep Spirits High and Sugars Low” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.

Jonathan Cobrda

Jonathan Cobrda

The production, which chronicles Cobrda’s life since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, will be held in the performance hall of WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

A musical theatre major at WCU, Cobrda created “Sweet ‘N Low” to raise awareness about diabetes. He said that he believes artists have the power to advocate for causes that are important to them.

Cobrda, a graduate of the Weaver Academy for Performing and Visual Arts and Advanced Technology in Greensboro, wrote his “one-man dramedy” with Scott Icenhower. He spent last summer touring the country with his show with sponsorship from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

An initiative of WCU’s Quality Enhancement Plan sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office for Undergraduate Studies, “Sweet ‘N Low” is more than just a show; it also is an interdisciplinary learning event focusing on health and wellness, community outreach, research and creative scholarship, service learning and advocacy, said Glenda Hensley of WCU’s Office For Undergraduate Studies.

In addition to such obviously related academic areas as health professions, diet and nutrition, and physical fitness, issues of health and wellness also can be examined from perspectives such as political science, business and finance, communication, the sciences, philosophy and the arts, Hensley said.

“As students explore knowledge and concepts that are relevant to daily lives, they engage their academic and personal lives,” she said. “Approaching the conversation about health and living well from these different perspectives is empowering to all who choose to participate.”

The university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, is designed to enhance the educational experience of students with thematic and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. The QEP theme, “Synthesis: A Pathway to Intentional Learning,” was designed to help students create connections between what they learn inside and outside of the classroom and to give faculty, staff and students more opportunities to collaborate.

Admission to the Jan. 30 performance is $5. Tickets are available through the FAPAC box office, by calling 828-227-2479, or online at All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

A reception and scholarship fair will be held before the show at 2 p.m. in the FAPAC lobby.