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Youth Arts Prog 047 - Merloch the Magician2016 Youth Arts Program
Friday, September 30, 3:45 to 7:00PM
Promoting arts enrichment
for youth in our community

The Youth Arts Program is intended to give area youth an opportunity to spend time with world-class artists across the genres of music, theater, and dance—inspiring them to either get involved with or continue the study of arts in their area of interest.

The program is free and open to youth ages 10-18.

The workshops are approximately 50 minutes and take place on Friday before the festival. Participants can take from 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.


Oak Grove Stage
3:45 Molly’s Revenge – Build a Tune
4:45 Molly’s Revenge – Interactive Concert
5:45 The Elders – Songcrafting

Ponderosa Hall
3:45 Magic 1
4:45 Magic 2
5:45- 7:00 O’Sullivan Academy of Irish Dance – Irish Step Dancing

Picnic Tables – Lawn Area
3:45 Celtic Art with Christine Nys
4:45 Celtic Art with Christine Nys
Limited to 20 students per session

elders400.1The Elders – Songcrafting
We are thrilled to have festival headliners, The Elders, back with their fun and inclusive Youth workshop. Get ready for spontaneous , funny, wild and magical things to happen when The Elders take the stage.

The Elders have brought their musical mix of amped-up roots rock, powerful vocals, blazing instrumentals and top-notch songwriting to festivals, pubs and theaters across the United States and Ireland. Through it all their four studio albums, two live albums they have become festival favorites.

MOLLY'S REVENGEMolly’s Revenge
Build A Tune & Interactive Concert
Bring an Instrument – Learn a Tune with Molly’s Revenge Festival favorites Molly’s Revenge will be leading our Build A Tune workshop. They love inspiring people to learn and love traditional celtic tunes. John Weed and Stuart Mason have even developed a Cd collection of tunes for learning called Slow & Easy Vol. 1. ( 25 essential Irish session tunes played on fiddle and DADGAD guitar. An excellent learning tool for all instruments, and lovely for listening.)

Molly’s Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran will really get us hopping. Youth are invited to play along with some tunes.

merloch-silvermaine-400Merloch the Magician Silvermaine

The Art of Magic 1 & 2
By popular demand Merloch will present two classes. The 4:00 class will be for first-timers. The 5:00 class will be for previous attendees. This workshop interactively teaches two professional-quality fully scripted card magic routines. By the end of the workshop every participant will be able to confidently perform them to mystify and delight friends, family, colleagues, and strangers. They are entertaining, include some comedy elements, and yet focus on the experience of magic. No passive observers allowed – only active participants. Both classes have a limit of 30 participants. Attendees of the 4:00 class will be allowed to attend the 5:00 class on a space-available basis.  There will be an informal gathering for advanced magic at 6:00.

O’Sullivan Academy of Irish Dance
Irish Step Dancing
Melissa O’Sullivan belives that all people can dance and she is excited to show each student how they can become an Irish dancer. With 20 years of dance teaching experience, she has developed positive instructional methods that can help students reach their goals.   Melissa  began studying Irish Dance at the tender age of 4 and went on to study dance throughout high school and college. In 1989, she started working as a professional dance instructor and choreographer, and after intense study received her Bachelor of Arts – Dance in 1995 from San Jose State University. She spent five years as a dance judge for Winterguard competitions. From its early 2002 beginnings, Melissa owned and directed O’Sullivan’s Dance Academy, which focused on Irish Dance along with ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop dance styles.  O’Sullivan Academy is proud to have its own touring Irish Repertory Company which travels and performs year round.

Christine Nys
Celtic Art
Animals, mystical and mythical, are the theme for this year’s Art Workshop led by Christine Nys. Christine teaches art at Nevada City School of the Arts and has embraced art and design throughout her life.

Limited to 20 participants.


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