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No laughing matter: Comedy show to benefit young actors

When I was in the eighth grade, I never thought I would be producing a comedy show to raise money for the arts by the age of 17.

My name is Tom Plumley, and I am a senior at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley. I have many hobbies, but the one that is most important in my life is performing. I’ve been doing theater nonstop since 2008, and so far, I have been in seven plays.

All the productions I have been in have taught me so much about myself and others. I’ve learned that professionalism, persistence and patience start at a young age and they shape and form us into many great things.

Amazing directors including Kathy Goldie, Ken Getz, Peter Mason and Nancy Haffey have taught me a lot, and the entire Nevada County arts community has benefited from their skills and talents.

As a high school senior and young actor, I am dedicated to improving the arts and helping a good cause: I am producing a show to raise $2,000 for the Young Actors Theatre Camp.

This award-winning camp in San Mateo County’s Santa Cruz Mountains helps performers ages 8 through 18 get connected to themselves, to each other and to professionals in the performance industry. I have been four times, and because this camp has done so much for me, I think it is time to give back.

“A Night of Stand-up, Improv and Laughter!!” will show from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the historic Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., downtown Nevada City. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

My one-night-only show will present a blend of sketch comedy, stand-up comedy and improvisation.

Tickets are $10 and include entry into a drawing to win a visit for four to New York City. The prize includes round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental United States, four tickets to visit the Empire State Building and tickets to any Broadway show of choice.

Tickets are on sale at BriarPatch Co-op Market, Harmony Books and the Book Seller.

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Mountain Pastimes owner Kathy Hillis – my boss, friend and mentor.

For more information, visit “A Night of Stand Up, Improv, and Laughter!!” on Facebook or contact me, Tom Plumley, at (530) 210-8657 or (530) 210-8657.


Tom Plumley is a student at Nevada Union High School, in Grass Valley. The comedy show is his senior project.

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