PAG deserves attention |

PAG deserves attention

What is wrong with this picture? The Performing Arts Guild (PAG) Children’s Theater program has served youth in this county for over 18 years with little, if any, support from the community. They are ignored by the Nevada County Arts Council, collaborative efforts in the County for youth services, and are entirely funded by ticket sales, a few private business donations, and minimal registration fees which must be charged to cover the bare basics of expenses.

Mila Johansen, director, and Paulette Rudolph, assistant director, give freely of their time without pay to give these youth an opportunity to explore their talents. Not to mention Catherine Ione, costume designer, who provides costumes of a caliber one would find in major theater performances across the country.

Few in the community are aware that this organization works with the educationally and physically handicapped, abused, and neglected, and gives these children an opportunity to build self-esteem, respect, and self worth through drama, music, and dance. Their ability to write grants for their program funding is constantly side-tracked by lack of support by the political powers that be, the press, and teachers of the arts in the county.

Currently in production is “Narnia.” Several of the actors were “at risk” youth and have become survivors thanks to PAG. Over the years, PAG has turned out performers who are now pursuing careers and college educations in the arts, yet PAG goes basically unnoticed. When was the last time they had the cover of the Prospector?

“Narnia” is one of the finest performances PAG has ever produced. It is equal to, if not better, than performances produced by major universities and big-city children’s theaters. The talent of our local youth should not be overlooked and neglected. PAG needs your support to survive.

Wake up and take notice, Nevada County. Don’t miss the chance this weekend to see this fine production as several of these “Narnia” actors are headed for New York and Hollywood!

Wendy Claiser

Grass Valley

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