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Youth Theatre Education Class


This Beginning/Intermediate class is designed to develop creativity, inspire appreciation and understanding for the dramatic arts, and establish life long communication skills. It is for students already passionate about theatre to further refine their skills, and for new students curious about the performing arts in theatre. Acting is taught through weekly instruction in musical theater choreography, scene work based in Asian Tales and Folklore and working as a group on a short original play based on the story scenes we create in class through improvisation. This work facilitates correct use of the voice, body, and face to express character.  At the end of the last class, students will perform a short showcase for family and friends. Students will also perform a sample of their “Play in progress” at the Chinese New Year Festival in Nevada City on Sunday Feb. 21st.  Presented by the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra and the Miners Foundry.


Dinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor)

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and performer.  Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, CATS, Lake Wildwood, Placer Community Theatre and has taught classes for Yuba River Charter School, Bitney Prep, Colfax Elementary, Grass Valley Charter, The Center For The Arts and Miners Foundry.  She directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday drama of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, in 2013 and 2014, featuring 9 local youth actors, ages 10-16.  She is currently directing 2 plays for the Nugget Fringe Festival 2016 and choreographing the Broadway Musical Revival of Godspell for Placer Community Theatre.

Nevada City Chinese New Year Parade and Festival ~ Sunday, February 9, 2014

Chinese New YearDue to rain in the forecast, the Nevada City Chinese New Year Parade and Festival has announced a modification for the festivities on Sunday, February 9, 2014.  In the event of light rain, drizzle, or sunshine, the Parade will still be held at 12:00 p.m. down Commercial Street in Nevada City.  All other activities will be held at the Miners Foundry immediately following the parade.  The Parade will begin at Robinson Plaza by the Pelton Wheel and proceed up Commercial Street, with Lion Dancers blessing the Chinese Monument and other structures as they process.

In the event of a downpour, an indoor parade will commence at the Miners Foundry at 12:00 p.m.  Lion Dancers from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento will open the entertainment at the Foundry after the parade.  The Festival features Asian food available for purchase and exhibit booths.  The festival will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Jeannie Wood, CATS Executive Director, at [email protected].

CATS LogoThe Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS), a 501c(3) public benefits charitable corporation, promotes diversity through the arts through multicultural theater, events and workshops.

Journey to the WestCATS uses multicultural theater, events, and workshops to achieve its mission of promoting cultural diversity. Through these avenues, CATS has enriched the area’s cultural and artistic climate with works on Asian-based themes.  Its mission is educational and artistic. CATS has, through the years, partnered with local schools to expand the study of multiculturalism by providing affordable student matinees to our annual productions and to be a resource on Asian culture and history.




Akim Aginksy

Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, please to support local theatrical and cultural organizations such as CATS.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

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