Youth showcasing theatrical talents |

Youth showcasing theatrical talents

Eileen JoyceChelsea Claiser (left) as the White Witch faces off against Danny Douros as Aslan the lion during dress rehearsal for the Performing Arts Guild's production of "Narnia" Monday.
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Nevada County youth will be highlighted in two plays the next few days.

The Performing Arts Guild opens the musical “Narnia” tonight at Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

“Narnia” is an adaptation from the C.S. Lewis classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” PAG first brought it to the Foundry 12 years ago.

The musical features some of PAG’s alumni, including Chelsea Claiser as the White Witch and Danny Douros as Aslan the lion.

“Narnia” is about four children sent away from World War II’s air raids in London to a safe country manor. They find their way to the mystical land of Narnia, where it is always winter and never Christmas as long as the White Witch reigns. With the power to save Narnia, Aslan the lion is on the move.

Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 10.

Admission is $8 in advance and $9 at the door for adults and $4 in advance and $5 at the door for children 12 and under.

All seats are $5 tonight and March 7.

Advance tickets are at Harmony Books, Odyssey Books and BriarPatch.

The Foundry is at 325 Spring St.

For more information, call 277-7100 or 265-8870.

“Eleemosynary,” a play about three generations of women, opens Nevada Union High School Theatre’s annual Spring Festival of Plays this Friday and Saturday.

The festival includes two contemporary dramas and one contemporary comedy, all directed by Advanced Drama B students.

“A Piece of My Heart” will be presented two weeks later (March 15 and March 16); “The Revenge of the Space Pandas” will run March 22 and March 23.

In the poignant “Eleemosynary,” Echo has been deserted by her mother, Artie, and raised by her grandmother Dorothea. The youth tries to balance the innate love she feels for her mother with the anger she harbors at being abandoned.

Echo’s mother and grandmother simultaneously wage their own battles.

For years, Artie has begrudged Dorothea for making her participate in outrageous experiments, so Artie alienates herself from family life and becomes a self-proclaimed “eccentric.”

Student director Michaela King cast Julie Lipson as Echo, Liz Fuller as Artie and Elaine Gavin as Dorothea. King received “Outstanding Director” honors at the last California State University-Sacramento Lenaea Festival.

All plays start at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre on the NUHS campus, 11761 Ridge Road.

Tickets are $6 and are available at The Book Seller or by calling 273-4431, ext. 301.

Nevada Union students can purchase tickets during lunch periods in the Student Store.

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