TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Arts for the Schools’ 30th season will feature world-class visiting artists to delight, motivate, entertain, teach, encourage and inspire our local youth.
OnStage performances, one of the three core programs of Arts For the Schools, is about sharing the magic of those artists with the community. It’s time to be entertained and inspired by five talented groups. Here’s what’s in store for you.
The Ririe Woodbury Dance Company from Salt Lake City will be first in the 2013-2014 season line-up of OnStage public performances. Now in their 50th season, Ririe Woodbury’s performances and educational undertakings are both a reflection of the Company’s philosophy that “Dance is for Everybody.” The Company has grown from its beginning as a local entity into an internationally renowned, contemporary dance company, having performed in every state in the U.S., as well as throughout Europe, South Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the British Isles. Their OnStage performance will be on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Truckee High School Theater.
Next in the line up is Story Pirates, appearing on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St. in Truckee. Story Pirates is an original arts and literacy program which “improves the relevancy and effectiveness of classroom and extracurricular learning, creates confident children who carry their ability to express themselves into adulthood, and builds strong communities that celebrate the value of young voices from diverse backgrounds.”
Story Pirates shows are made up entirely of original stories written by children, acted by professionals using various props. Get ready for a comedy musical presentation that is sure to be a fun time.
Returning to the Truckee North Tahoe area is Cedric Watson, this time accompanied by Dirk Powell. In the 2010-2011 AFtS season Watson rocked the halls at his sold-out performance at the Truckee High School Theater.
This time Powell will add the sounds of his Appalachian heritage to the Cajun and Creole tunes of Watson. Cedric and Dirk delight and engage audiences of all ages and perform school shows, which include educational components on the origins of music and the evolution of music from Africa, France and the United States. On Friday, Dec. 13, this enormously talented duo will bring their musical traditions to the Community Arts Center.
On Friday, March 28, 2014, Joe Craven will return to Truckee. The Joe Craven Trio is a power trio of keyboards, key bass, drums, fiddle, mandolin, found sounds and vocals. With surprisingly full sounds for a party of three, the group pays tribute to traditional American folk, blues, New Orleans, swing, funk, as well as the music of Brazil, Haiti, Ireland, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
This night is also the Arts For the Schools Annual Hearts for the Arts fundraiser.
Joining the Trio at this performance is ukulele player, singer, songwriter and daughter, Hattie Craven. Twelve-year-old Hattie just released her first CD and is described as the “Energizer Bunny” of the Craven family.
The final OnStage performance of the season will be on Friday, April 25, at the North Tahoe High School Theater. Filling the stage will be the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno. Founded in 1967 in Livermore, Calif. with the purpose of promoting Mexican culture and folklore in the United States, the company draws on traditional dance, music and songs as tools for sharing the Mexican culture. Based in the Bay Area, the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano performs throughout the year at schools, events and festivals. The troupe has been invited to Mexico to tour, perform and share in learning opportunities. Enjoy a delightful evening of color and sound.
If you value art education and the opportunity to see world-class performers so close to home, please join AFtS at these OnStage Performances.
Tickets can be purchased for each individual performance or season passes are available. For more information about Arts For the Schools programs and to purchase tickets or make a donation, please visit www.artsfortheschools.org
Paula Rachuy is a member of the Arts For the Schools Board of Trustees.