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Clearwater Valley News: Valley Singers set Easter cantata dates

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— Spring is the time for singing, dancing and theater!

This week the Clearwater Valley High School is presenting a musical version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella the Enchanted Edition. The CV theater program has performed spring musicals for the past three years since Mrs. Elizabeth Nuxoll began teaching music at the school. Nuxoll enjoys directing musicals since they are fun and lively. The larger cast sizes in musical theater allow more students to be involved. Twenty-six high school students form the cast and crew. In addition, shop and art teachers and their students constructed and painted the sets. Several parents are helping behind the scenes with costumes and props making this show a community affair.

Performances will be in the CV High School cafeteria on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 15-17). All showings will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $5 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., no reserved seating. The first three musicals have been popular and well-attended, so they added a third performance on Saturday night this year to make sure everyone who wants to see the show gets a chance. The show runs for about two hours, with an intermission when excellent cupcakes will be sold to hungry theater-goers. Don’t miss it!

Saturday night live in Kamiah? The Upriver Youth Leadership Council is hosting a free comedy event on Saturday, March 17, from 7-9 p.m., at the Kamiah Elementary School multi-purpose room. They are looking for people who want to perform comedic skits lasting 3-5 minutes. The event is from age 12 through adult, so looking for age- appropriate comedy. For information or to sign up to perform, contact Jasmine Huerta at 208-743-0392 or by e-mail

The Valley Singers group so enjoyed performing our Christmas cantata that we regrouped in January to begin practice for an Easter Cantata, gaining some new members, too. Rather than two performances in the same place, we are taking the show on the road to celebrate Easter with a wider audience. In addition to the regular venue at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Kamiah (Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m.) we are excited for our second performance at St. Gertrude’s Monastery chapel (Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m.). What is a cantata, one may ask? It’s from the Italian “cantare” (to sing) and is a musical composition for voice and instruments, including solos and chorus. In this case the concert includes a variety of musical styles with vocal harmonies, solo pieces and piano accompaniment.


Photo courtesy Lara Smith Clearwater Valley High School students perform at VEST Fest 3 which was held in Kooskia March 10. The fund-raiser brought in $23,000 for CV schools.

And lastly, with the suddenly warmer temperatures I’m eyeing the seed packets that arrived this winter and dreaming of gardening soon. Sounds like plans are under way to begin a farmers’ market at the Kooskia Park this year. How great that people will have more opportunities to buy local food this summer!


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