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Arts Center, Plays for Non-Profits start shows


CAST members in the comical play ‘Merry Christmas, Strega Nona,’ opening Dec. 9 at Columbia Center for the Arts.

Photo by Chris Smith
CAST members in the comical play ‘Merry Christmas, Strega Nona,’ opening Dec. 9 at Columbia Center for the Arts.



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Ebenezer Scrooge young and old (Max Meckoll and Gary Young), Ghost of Christmas Past (Maren Euwer) and Ali Baba (Dell Charity.)

The second graders at Mid Valley Elementary receive a treat on Wednesday night: they will be the guest audience for a dress rehearsal performance of “Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” (photo above).

Columbia Center for the Arts, teacher Sophie Whitehead and principal Kim Yasui got together to provide the theater experience for the youngsters, many of whom have never seen live theater. The students will be bused downtown and charged $2 for the show at the theater at 7 p.m.

“Strega Nona” formally opens Dec. 9. at Columbia Center for the Arts, 2 and 7 p.m. (columbiaarts.org; $20 adults, $15 student/seniors and $8 children under 10.)

“A Christmas Carol,” opened Dec. 2. The Plays for Non-Profits production happens at Wy’east Middle School in Odell. In photo at right are Ebenezer Scrooge young and old (Max Meckoll and Gary Young), Ghost of Christmas Past (Maren Euwer) and Ali Baba (Dell Charity.)

‘The Little Prince’ — auditions scheduled for Dec. 11-12

Open auditions are announced for “The Little Prince,” directed by Nicole Scribner, at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 11-12, 6:30 p.m. People of all ages are invited to audition.

Four to 10 actors are needed (some double casting is possible depending on turnout), including The Little Prince, 8-12 years old, could be played by someone a little older if they are youthful.

About “The Little Prince”: A stranded aviator comes across a mysterious little prince in the middle of the Sahara Desert. As the aviator pieces together the story of The Little Prince’s journey, he comes to a new understanding of how we relate to each other and learns that what is essential is invisible to the eye.



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