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Condon Arts to hold Auditions for Christmas program “Starry Night” this Saturday

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Arts group leases Liberty Theatre and will hold Christmas Program on December 18th

CONDON – The Condon Arts Council is pleased to announce that it will be holding a Christmas Program this year on December 18th.

In preparation, auditions will be held this Saturday at the Liberty Theatre for “Starry Night,” which will bring singing, theater, and dance to celebrate the Christmas season.

The show will be a series of six musical theatre style vignettes. Kids will learn technique in acting, singing, and dancing. They will also develop skills as performers and team members as they work together to put on a show.

If performing is not of interest, youth can participate with the technical crew behind the scenes and learn how to do lighting, sound and sets.

“It’s a great opportunity to experience teamwork, find discipline, and dedication in a different context than the classroom or sports pitch,” says Jane Cadousteau.

Auditions to be held at Liberty Theatre

All youth that wish to participate in the Christmas Program must audition this Saturday and rehearsals for “Starry Night” will be held each Saturday until the performance on Dec. 18th.

Condon Arts is charging just $50 for youth to join, which will include costumes for the show. Scholarships are available and all youth ages K-12 are encouraged to participate.

Auditions will be held by age group with K-1st Grade meeting from 9:15-10 am, 2nd-5th Grade from 10-11 am and 6th-12th Grade from 11-12pm. Additional time will likely be needed in the weeks to come as the young performers get ready for the show on Dec. 18th.

Rehearsals to be held each Saturday

The Condon Arts Council is thrilled to offer the Christmas program for the community and believes that “Starry Night” will bring joy and the Christmas spirit to Condon.

With just four Saturdays to practice after auditions, there is a lot to do. Families should be prepared for some extra hours on Saturdays so that a quality show can be achieved by the kids.

For more information and to keep up with developments, visit the Condon Arts Council website or visit the Condon Arts Council Facebook page.

No Winter Program event at Condon Grade School this year

In October, Condon Arts started the Young Performers’ Troupe. The timing of the development of the Young Performers’ Troupe is fortuitous. This year will be the first in many that there will be no Winter Program event at Condon Grade School.

As the District has shifted away from the partnership with Ethos for a variety of reasons, there will be no Winter Concert at the Condon Grade School, an event long cherished by many in the community.

Thankfully, Condon Arts Council has been able to step in to fill that gap.

What is the Condon Arts Council?

The Condon Arts Council was founded last summer by a group of art enthusiasts who saw a need to enhance art opportunities in Condon.

Jessica Bates is the President of the Condon Arts Council, with Jane Cadousteau as Vice-President, Stephen Allen as Secretary, and Margaret Takagi as Treasurer. Additional board members include Jeremy Kirby, Stephanie Ponso and Autumn Holland.

The Condon Arts Council put on two camps during the summer – a Polynesian Arts Camp lead by Tahitian Joseph Cadousteau of Condon, a renowned performer who has worked with Cirque du Soleil and Disney and a Performing Arts Camp that was led by Jane (Logan) Cadousteau, Autumn Holland and Stephanie Ponso.

Jane Cadousteau also worked for Disney and has a background in dance. Holland has a background in theater and Ponso is a singer and performer.

Shortly after forming, Condon Arts received a grant from the Community Foundation of Oregon and leased the Liberty Theatre in hopes of establishing an arts hub. The group has filed its paperwork to become a 501c3 non-profit and will work to provide regular opportunities for people in the community to engage in artistic activities.

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