Third Annual ‘Spooktacular’ at the Ah Haa School
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SPOOKTACULAR – Booker O’Dell at last year’s pre-Halloween festivities. (File photo)
SPOOKTACULAR – Booker O’Dell at last year’s pre-Halloween festivities. (File photo)

TELLURIDE – Halloween is just around the corner and so is the third annual Ah Haa School for the Arts Spooktacular. To celebrate children and their budding creative spirits, the community art center is throwing a party this Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m..Children are invited to come participate in a variety of crafts; all materials are provided. Parents are encouraged to sign up early because space is limited.

Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. with children making sparkling spiders, egg carton bats, trick or treat bags. They will also decorate pumpkins and have the opportunity to get their faces painted. At 11 a.m. there will be spooky reading by sponsored by the Wilkinson Public Library.

“As Telluride’s community art center, we’re really excited to offer something for the kids to do right before Halloween,” says Ah Haa Executive Director, Rachel Loomis-Lee. “Spooktacular is just one of many Family Days at Ah Haa School in 2010,” she adds. “We want the kids to know that the Ah Haa School is a place they can come to have fun and make a mess."

Cost to participate in Spooktacular is $10 per child (with a parent). Register in advance by calling 728-3386.

Auditions Set for Magic Circle’s Dancing at Lughnasa

MONTROSE – Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, Dancing at Lughnasa opens in March in Montrose at the Magic Circle Players Community Theatre. Auditions are set for Nov. 6 and 7, 2-6 p.m. at the theatre, 420 S. 12th Street, Montrose.

Playwright Brian Friel offers a brief glimpse through the window of the past into the lives of five unmarried sisters in County Donegal, Ireland. It’s 1936 and the women are struggling to eke out a living and keep their family together, yet they experience moments of sheer joy and abandon, dancing to the music of their beloved, but unreliable, radio.

There are parts for five women, ages 20-plus to 50, and three men, ages 30-50-plus. Audition packets are available after Oct. 23, at the theatre. Actors may do a prepared monologue of less than one minute, or simply do a cold reading from the play. Actors are also encouraged to review the script prior to auditions. A copy is available for checkout at the theatre box office, or online through Dramatists Play Service or

Dancing at Lughnasa is directed by M.A. Smith, assisted by Kathy Murdoch. Smith recommends a “suggestion” of an Irish accent for the actors.

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Ah Haa Youth Art Award Deadline This Monday

TELLURIDE – The Ah Haa School for the Arts invites all San Miguel County teens with a sincere interest in visual arts or creative writing to apply for their Youth Art Awards. Applications are due at the school by Monday, Oct. 25. Ah Haa will present the awards at an opening reception for the Young Artists Exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m., where every applicant’s work will be on display in the Daniel Tucker Gallery. The Young Artists Exhibition will remain on display through Nov. 30.

“What a wealth of young talent we have in our community,” said Rachel Loomis-Lee, Ah Haa School’s executive director. “We hope that the opportunity to be part of an exhibition and the chance to win a cash award will inspire our teens to submit their creative work.”

The Ah Haa School encourages all middle and high school students who enjoy the creative process to apply. Students can attend public school, private school, or home-school in the Telluride, Ridgway, Ouray, Norwood, Nucla, Naturita and Dolores areas. Three local artists will judge students’ submissions in three age groups: 7th and 8th graders; 9th and 10th graders; and 11th and 12th graders.

At the opening reception on Nov. 4, one overall grand prize of $300 cash will be awarded, plus $100 first prizes in each age category. Two students in each age group will receive honorable mentions, as well. Gallerie Framing and Photography is donating framing for the grand prize-winner’s artwork. The Ah Haa will announce all prizewinners in its winter catalog and in local newspapers.

“The Young Artists Exhibition always draws a large turnout from the community,” Loomis-Lee said. “We want the competition and exhibition to spur more kids to explore their creative side.”

New this year will be a concurrent exhibit in the East Room Gallery titled “The Next Generation,” featuring over 50 works of art from children in grades K-6.

Applications for the Youth Art Awards are available from school art teachers or the Ah Haa School. Along with the application, students should submit a piece of their work and a brief essay explaining what inspires and influences their art. Creative works can be photography, film, ceramics, fabric arts, drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking or any other creative medium.

Applications are due at the Ah Haa School, 300 South Townsend, no later than Monday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. For more information, call 728-3886.

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