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Youth Arts Prog 047 - Merloch the Magician2017 Youth Arts Program
Friday, September 29, 4:00 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.
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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.

Magic with Merloch Silvermaine
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 teaches two professional-quality fully scripted card magic routines. By the end of the workshop every participant will be able to confidently perform the routines to mystify and delight friends, family 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 first class will be allowed to attend the second class on a space- available basis. There will be an informal gathering for advanced magic afterwards.

Irish Step Dancing with Nicole McKeever
The McKeever School of Irish Dance of Sacramento offers Irish dance lessons to beginner through champion levels, and to both children and adults. They are located in the heart of Sacramento, California. Owner and instructor Nicole McKeever toured the world for seven years with professional dance companies such as Riverdance the show. She also holds her Irish dance teaching certification, or T.C.R.G. as well as a Master’s Degree in Irish Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. The McKeever School performers span in age and experience and all have an avid love for this amazing dance tradition.

Build A Tune Workshop
Bring your instruments and join in this fun and interactive workshop where you will learn a traditional celtic tune. Teachers from our ongoing Youth Performance group will lead the workshop this year. Nici Van Kriedt, Sage Po and Annette Dunklin have been teaching and inspiring kids for many years to play beautiful and exciting celtic music. All levels of musical experience are welcome.

Screaming Orphans Singing Workshop
The Screaming Orphans have an amazing and unique vocal style.They have quickly become festival favorites. We are thrilled to invite these four sisters from Donegal to Youth Arts this year where they will blend their voices and share their stories and invite you to sing with them. Song lyrics will be provided. Get ready for some fun,uplifting and magical songs.


Beginning Harp with Lisa Lynne
Lisa Lynne’s pioneering “Hands-on-harps” workshops are a unique interactive musical event. Lisa provides 15 beautiful Celtic harps that sound lovely at once.  Participants are shown how easy it is to create music on this beginner friendly instrument. Together they learn some well known melodies and how to freely improvise their own music.

Lynne is an internationally acclaimed Billboard Top Windham Hill recording artist.

Christine Nys – Celtic Art
Limited to 25 per session

Make a wearable treasure in the tradition of the Ancient Celts. Using paper, foil and other materials you can create a small shield, necklace, bracelet or other similar items limited only by your creativity.

Oak Grove Stage
4 pm – Beginning Harp with Lisa Lynne – CLASS IS FULL
5 pm – Build a Tune led by YAP music teachers- Sage Po, Nici Van Kriedt and Annette Dunklin
6 pm – Screaming Orphans – Singing workshop

Ponderosa Hall
4 pm – Magic Level 1 – CLASS IS FULL
5 pm – Magic Level 2 – CLASS IS FULL
6 pm – Irish Step Dancing with Nicole McKever

Picnic Tables – Lawn Area
4 pm – Christine Nys – Celtic Art
5 pm – Christine Nys – Celtic Art – CLASS IS FULL

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Sunday Main Stage Youth Arts Performance
Music teachers Lisa Stine, Rose May Michelson, Randi Soule, Nici Van Kriedt, Annette Dunklin, Sage Po and Amie Fenwick will present our Sunday morning Main Stage Youth Arts performance.  To learn more about participating please contact Laurie DesJardins at (530) 613-6556.

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