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Young Chautauquans launch 2006 season

by Sharlene Irete

Calling students who want to develop their dramatic talents portraying historic characters and perform in a theater-in-the-park setting in June.

The Douglas County Historical Society invites students, parents and mentors to an informational meeting of Young Chautauquans Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Young Chautauquans is an annual program for fourth- through twelfth-graders to research a historical figure and present a monologue recounting stories from the character’s life.

The program culminates in June with the “Chautauqua in the Park” performances in Genoa. In order to qualify for this event, the students must portray their characters for the community on at least three occasions.

The first meeting introduces interested people to how the program works. A veteran Chautauquan will perform to demonstrate.

Students will choose their characters and costumes in following meetings.

Nevada characters are the most frequently requested, but students have performed such historical figures as Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton and Einstein.

Regular sessions start Jan. 17 and are held every other week until June 21 and 22 when the Young Chautauquans will perform in Genoa’s Mormon Station State Park.

Performances are held year around and are the museum’s most popular event.

Young Chautauquans is funded in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities.

Teachers and parents who want to become group leaders are encouraged and appreciated.

Call Grace Bower at the Carson Valley Museum at 782-2555 for information about the meetings or for requests for Young Chautauquans performances.

What: Young Chautauquans informational meeting

When: Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.

Where: Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center

1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville

Info: Carson Valley Museum 782-2555, Grace Bower 265-6097 or Sue Smith 782-6725.