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NEO Power in Pink ~ Sunday, March 15, 2015

NEO Fashion Show PosterThe NEO Power in Pink Youth Fashion Show will be presented on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Miners Foundry.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show begins at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10.

All ages are welcome.

Light refreshments will be provided.

NEO provides opportunities for young people to reach their full potential and the skills and confidence to make healthy choices, successfully navigating adolescents.

 

NEO LogoWhile the focus of NEO is to keep young people drug and alcohol free, we believe that the most effective way to do this is by addressing root causes which contribute to drug and alcohol use and abuse.

Because of this we address many issues such as suicide, depression, body image, education, healthy alternatives and community responsibility.

Together, these efforts combine to provide a comprehensive, multifaceted approach aimed at building assets and resiliency ultimately reducing overall drug and alcohol use.

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by 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. 

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

Adventures & Wine Auction ~ Friday, September 19, 2014

Rotary AuctionThe 2014 Adventures & Wine Auction to benefit the Nevada City Rotary Club Youth Programs and Scholarship Fund will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Miners Foundry.

The silent and live auctions will feature services, goods, and unforgettable experiences donated by members of the Nevada City Rotary Club and the local business community.

This  year’s gala features music and dancing with Dream & the Dreamer, in addition to an enticing selection of items and services.

Ticket price includes dessert, wine from many of Nevada County’s best wineries, a no-host bar, fun raffles, and the live and silent auctions.  Food will be available for purchase.  This is a great evening of wine, food, fun, and charitable auctioneering.

All proceeds benefit the scholarships and other youth programs of the Nevada City Rotary Club.  Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door and are available at Harmony Books, The Bookseller, Briar Patch Co-Op, or from Nevada City Rotarians.

 

 

 

Kat Alves Photography

Kat Alves Photography

 

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. 

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

Youth Theatre Classes ~ September 3 – November 12, 2014

MF Fall 2014Dinah Smith will present an  Acting & Musical Theatre Combo class for students ages 10-14 (with experience or audition only) on Wednesdays from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.  The series of ten classes will begin on September 3 and run through November 12, 2014.   The last class will include a fun and entertaining Show Case performance for family and friends.  Cost for the series is $200.00.  For more information or to register, please contact Dinah Smith at (858) 354-3241 or at dinahsmith@mac.com .

In class, students will:
~ Explore the Principles of Good Acting
~ Develop Believable Characters
~ Learn Audition Tips & Techniques
~ Create & Perform Scenes and Mini Plays
~ Learn & Perform Songs & Choreography from Broadway Musicals and Movies

 

 

 

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

 

Dinah Smith (Teacher / Coach, Choreographer / Director, Actor)
With a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Education, Dinah Smith has been involved in the entertainment industry and Theatre Arts Education as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer since the 1970’s.

Locally, she was worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, and Sandra Rockman.  Dinah teaches at Bitney Prep, Colfax Elementary, and Yuba River Charter School.

Most recently, Dinah directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play featuring 9 local youth performers.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by 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, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

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

Foundry’s Youth Arts & Education Programming

Photo by Lisa Williams Photography

On Friday, April 19th, the Miners Foundry was proud to support NEO’s 2nd annual Fashion Runway Show.  NEO is a local non-profit that provides positive activities for youth in our community.  This years theme was BE UNIQUE!  This one-of-a-kind fashion event for young people was part of NEO’s Love Your Body Campaign, striving to inspire young people to love themselves for who they are, no matter what shape, size or color.  The show featured local youth designers, artists, and musicians as well as featured collections from local retailers.

The event was the fourth fundraiser the Foundry has worked with NEO to support.  The event was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Ghidotti Foundation which supports the Foundry’s Youth Arts and Education programming.

Other programs supported are 7-Hills Medieval Festival, Nevada Union Art Department Show, Nevada Union Great Gatsby Night.  As a non-profit community cultural center, the Foundry strives to support the work of fellow community non-profit organizations that help create the healthy and vibrant community we live in.

If you are interested in finding out more information about, volunteering or supporting our Youth Arts & Education Programming please contact the Foundry at 530-265-5040.

Events

Youth Theatre Class

Overview

This Beginning/Intermediate class is designed to develop creativity, inspire appreciation and understanding for the dramatic arts, and establish life long communication skills in a small group setting with individualized attention. (maximum 12 students)
(10 classes: Mondays 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM, $200.00)

Class Dates

February: 27; March: 6, 20, 27, April: 3,17, 24, May: 1,8,15

Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Demonstrate how body language and facial expression affect communication.
• Demonstrate basic vocal techniques, including projection, diction, and expression
• Define basic terms used in theatre including the actors basic tools.
• Develop a character(s) and perform in a final class showcase combining all the skills
learned in the class.
• Use their learned skills to audition for a future local play or musical if desired.

Class Description

This weekly class is for students already passionate about theatre to further refine their skills, and for new students curious about the performing arts in theatre. Experienced actors gain  confidence and expertise as they become leaders in the class. Beginning actors learn from their peers and have an opportunity to develop the craft in a group with support from their peers. The class involves singing, musical theatre dancing, and acting. Acting is taught thru weekly instruction in musical theater where all students are engaged in learning choreography and lyrics from Broadway songs appropriate for youth ages 8 – 13. Students naturally learn about the actor’s tools of face, body, and voice as they learn material that involves the whole group in ensemble  production numbers, and solo songs that students perform together that can later be used as solo audition pieces. Students will also participate in “mini plays” developed from familiar stories and poems that encourage correct use of the voice and body to express character. At the end of the last class, students will perform a short showcase for family and friends.

Teacher Requests

• Attendance to all classes (especially the last class) is very important as
choreography and blocking build each week towards the final showcase
performance. A missing actor is challenging to the group. In the case of minor
illness (no fever), I encourage the student to come and watch as opposed to
staying home. This supports the integrity of the ensemble and continuity of
performing arts.
• Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move and dance in. girls wear
shorts or tight under skirts
• Wear tennis shoes or dance shoes (jazz or ballet only). Please no sandals,
platforms, slip-ons, or boots. Shoes should tie onto the feet or have an elastic
band to hold them securely
• Bring water.
• arrive 5 minutes early.
* If space allows, younger children will be admitted to the class with pervious experience.

Dinah Smith

Instructor

Dinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor) With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certificated Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and performer on stage, in film, and on TV. She has worked professionally with children’s and community theaters throughout the Western United States. Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Sandra Rockman, Lake Wildwood, Center Stage Dance, Quest Theatre Works, Nugget Fringe Festival, CATS, and Placer Community Theatre. Dinah has taught Youth Theatre Classes and camps at The Center For The Arts, Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, The Miners Foundry, and Grass Valley Charter School. She directed the highly acclaimed holiday family drama, Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth ages 10 – 16 with a supporting adult cast, December 2014 and 2013, both at The Off Center Stage.

Acting & Musical Theatre Combo Class

Learn About Acting Through Musical Theatre (ages 8-13*)

Overview

This Beginning / Intermediate class is designed to develop creativity, inspire appreciation and understanding for the dramatic arts, and establish life long communication skills in a small group setting with individualized attention (maximum 12 students).

Class Dates

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 12

Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Demonstrate how body language and facial expression affect communication
– Demonstrate basic vocal techniques, including projection, diction, and expression
– Define basic terms used in theatre including the actors’ basic tools
– Develop a character(s) and perform in a final class showcase combining all the skills learned in class
– Use their learned skills to audition for a future local play or musical if desired

Class Description

This weekly class is for students already passionate about theatre to further refine their skills, and for new students curious about the performing arts in theatre.  Experienced actors gain confidence and expertise as they become leaders in the class.  Beginning actors learn from their peers and have an opportunity to develop the craft in a group with support from their peers.  The class involves singing, musical theatre dancing, and acting.

Acting is taught through weekly instruction in musical theatre where all students are engaged in learning choreography and lyrics from Broadway songs appropriate for youth ages 8-13.  Students naturally learn about the actor’s tools of face, body, and voice as they learn material that involves the whole group in ensemble production numbers, and solo songs that students perform together that can later be used as solo audition pieces.  Students will also participate in “mini plays” developed from familiar stories and poems that encourage correct use of the voice and body to express character.  AT the end of the last class, students will perform a short showcase for family and friends.

Teacher Requests

Please adhere to the following rules:
– Attendance to all classes (especially the last class) is very important as choreography and blocking build each week towards the final showcase performance.  A missing actor is challenging to the group.  In the case of minor illness (no fever), I encourage the student to come and watch as opposed to staying home.  This supports the integrity of the ensemble and continuity of performing arts.
– Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move and dance in.  Girls wear shorts or tights  under skirts.
– Wear tennis shoes or dance shoes (jazz or ballet only).  Please no sandals, platforms, slip-ons, or boots.  Shoes should tie onto the feet or have an elastic band to hold them securely.
– Bring water.
– Arrive 5 minutes early.

*If space allows, younger children will be admitted to the class with previous experience.

Instructor

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

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certified Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Ats Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer on stage, in film, and on TV.  She has worked professionally with children’s and community theatres throughout the Western United States.  Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Sandra Rockman, Lake Wildwood, Center Stage Dance, Quest Theatre Works, Nugget Fringe Festival, CATS, and Placer Community Theatre.  Dinah as taught Youth Theatre Classes and camps at the Miners Foundry, the Center for the Arts, Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, and Grass Valley Charter School.  She directed the highly acclaimed holiday family drama, Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth ages 10-16 with a supporting adult cast.

 

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.