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A full year of arts is on TAP

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Tahoe Arts Project board of directors looking forward to a productive year are, clockwise from bottom left, Peggy Thompson, executive director; Michelle Langlois-Ott, president; Eric Taxer, secretary; Allison Puleri, member; Patrick Kaler, vice president; Sheryl Ferguson, executive assistant; Lisbeth Smith, member; Pam Singer, member; Bubba Romagnolo, STHS student representative; Kerri Montgomery, treasurer; and Donna Hawksford, member. Not pictured is member Pat Papp.
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Tahoe Arts Project is preparing for its 20th year of presenting professional performing artists in our local schools and community. TAP’s artists-in-the-schools programs meet the need for high-quality fine arts activities for the region’s children. TAP also produces a public performance series for the community’s enjoyment. TAP is a nonprofit organization that hires artists to perform at 11 local schools serving more than 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For most of these children, TAP provides their only exposure to live performing arts.

Due to continuing state and federal funding cuts, TAP relies more heavily than ever on the generosity of our local community. If you would like to help enrich our Tahoe children, please consider becoming a member. Your entire donation will support the 2006-2007 school performance programs.

“We have another spectacular line-up scheduled for our 2006-2007 season,” said TAP Executive Director Peggy Thompson. String musicians, Quartet San Francisco, will be in the schools Sept. 18-22 demonstrating how instruments are made and their diverse sounds. Quartet San Francisco will appear at a public concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater. Through live theater and video, Living Voices will present a multi-media production to students Oct. 30 to Nov.1. Local residents and Tahoe Arts Project supporters Robert and Annetta Chester are sponsoring this program. The Missoula Children’s Theater will conduct auditions for “Little Mermaid” on Nov. 13. Approximately 60 local students will be cast to perform in two public performances Nov.18.



“This will be our 20th residency with the Missoula Children’s Theatre,” Thompson said. “It is a perfect opportunity for children with no acting experience to participate in a play.”

In January, Cascade de Flores will bring the culture of Mexico and Cuba into our community through music and dance. They will perform in the schools Jan. 8 to 12 and at a public show Jan. 12.



The Gizmo Guys will bring their comedy/juggling act into the schools March 5 to 9. Students will be taught the history of juggling and how it relates to math, science and teamwork.

The Gizmo Guys will perform for the public March 9.

TAPneedsvolunteers to help with fundraising events, public performances and school shows. TAP will host its second annual Oscar Awards benefit in February.

“Last year’s event featured performances direct from Cirque du Soleil that dazzled the audience, and 2007 promises to be even more outrageous and over the top,” said Oscar Party Coordinator Eric Taxer. And in the summer, TAP will be hosting the sixth annual Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts.

For a membership application, board member or volunteer information call Tahoe Arts Project at (530) 542-3632, e-mail tahoearts@aol.com or visit http://www.tahoeartsproject.org.


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