Youth take to the stage in ‘Oliver!’ |

Youth take to the stage in ‘Oliver!’

The Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing a safe, creative and supportive environment for the youth of western Nevada County.

Since 2000, Club Live! has rocked the center once a month with a dance for middle school youth and occasionally will rock twice a month.

In December 2007, The Center for the Arts held the first Teen Musical Theatre workshop, which included a winter musical “The Gift of Winter.” This month, the Summer Youth Musical “Oliver!” – running from July 10 to July 19 – is an incredible experience for youth ages 6 to 18.

The process for the Youth Theatre program is amazing to watch. Every child that auditioned was cast. Cast members choreographed numbers, parents volunteered for everything from costuming to set building. Nevada Union students designed and produced the art work on the flats that are being used as a back drop for the production.

The older students assisted in scene work, introducing the fundamental acting techniques to their younger peers. The logo for the show was produced by a cast member. Both “The Gift of Winter” and “Oliver!” logos were created by student Emily Rice. All the cast members were responsible for bringing costume pieces, props and set pieces to be used for the production.

The goal of this program is to highlight student’s strengths and interests. Not every student wants to be front and center. Some students excel in visual arts and some in the performing arts.

In “Oliver!” individual students will be featured playing different instruments. Jozi Gullickson one of our Orphan’s in the show is featured in the song “Be Back Soon” playing her violin. Jessica Jennings is featured in the song “Oom-Paha-Papa” playing her guitar.

“The Gift of Winter”, December 2007 and “Oliver!” this month pulled together by volunteers and sponsors. SPD, the Grass Valley Kiwanis and the Bert Barker family each donated $1,000 towards the production of “Oliver!”

Accomplished singer and musician Roberta Frank also has donated much of her time as our Musical Director. Ken Getz donated his talents as rehearsal accompanist and playing along side Roberta in performances. Betsey Hayman, the director of Oliver donated her time, as well as Harry Kawa who donated his time to both shows for lighting.

For more information about youth theater workshops, go to or call (530) 274-8384 ex. 14.

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