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Workshop benefits Community Players

Beverly Marks, Ken Harris and Bill Durbrow will conduct a musical theater workshop Saturday in Grass Valley.

They will demonstrate ways to move and sing on stage.

The all-ages workshop is also to promote Community Players, a nonprofit organization that involves community members of all ages in theater, from behind-the-scenes to onstage activities.

Saturday’s workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon at City Centre Playhouse at 127-A Bank St.

The workshop is free for Community Players members and $10 for nonmembers- which is the exact cost of a Community Players membership.

Call Harris at 273-7201 for more information.

In other Community Players news, auditions for “Oliver” will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the playhouse.

Several teens and adults are needed for the musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist,” which will be presented in August.

Call director Jane Flahive at 432-3457 or the Community Players box office at 477-1107 to be placed on the audition list.

KVMR broadcasters mourn death of Traina

KVMR staff and broadcasters were saddened this week to hear that “Sacramento Mickey” – aka Mickey Traina – died Saturday from a heart attack at age 55.

Traina started broadcasting at the community radio station in 1995. Although Traina recently moved from Sacramento to Redding, he remained an active KVMR broadcaster on the rotation of Sunday’s “Blues Spectrum” show.

“It’s absolutely a shock,” said Brian Terhorst, KVMR’s station manager. “My understanding is, he had no history of heart problems. He impressed me as a pretty active, bubbly type of guy.”

“He had a great voice for radio, really rich baritone voice and unbridled enthusiasm,” Terhorst added. “Mickey is one of the nicest guys you ever met. Together with Steve Cagle, he created a very popular radio show in ‘New Soul Revival.’ Mickey will be deeply missed.”

Cagle will be host to Sunday’s Blues Spectrum from noon to 3 p.m. as a tribute to his friend. KVMR can be heard on 89.5 FM or on the Web at

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