School notes for Nov. 20, 2012

CYT works under a new name

Christian Youth Theater VanPort has changed its name.

The new organization is now called Journey Theater Arts Group. Organizers hope the new affiliation will better serve its participants.

According to a press release: “By stepping away from our affiliation with the CYT national organization, we are better able to ensure that we can continue to provide the same quality programming our families and patrons are accustomed to, as well as enable us to expand and to better provide theater arts to our families and students.”

Journey Arts Theater Group will offer youth and community theater programming, after-school programs, and classes in the theater arts.

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Auditions set for Clark College production of ‘Rent’

Clark College is seeking actors and singers to appear in the Southwest Washington premier of the award-winning musical “Rent.”

The ensemble cast will feature 11 to 20 actors.

Auditions, open to the public, will be held Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 3 at 6 p.m., in the Decker Theater in Clark College’s Frost Arts Center. No appointment is necessary.

Auditioners should prepare a 2 to 3 minute song in the style of the show and bring their own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided; auditioners may not sing along to tapes or CDs or sing a cappella. Rent features light movement, so auditioners should dress to dance.

Resumes and head shots, while appreciated, are not necessary.

Performances are scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23 and March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, 2013, at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

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Washougal teen is a photography contest winner

Ten images made by eight local young people, including one from Washougal, have been selected as winners of the Favorite Places in Clark County photography contest.

The winners’ works, selected from nearly 50 entries across the county, are being included in an exhibit at Gallery360, 111 W. Ninth St., throughout November.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Board of County Commissioners will honor the winners during its regular 6 p.m. meeting, which is open to the public. The exhibit will be in gallery space on the sixth-floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

The photo contest illustrates how some youths feel and connect to a particular place. Knowing what types of places residents value will help guide how Clark County leaders plan for its future.

The winning photographers are: Emma Golliday, 17, of Vancouver; Hannah Gutkind, 14, of Washougal; Betsy Hanrahan, 13, of Vancouver; Justine Hanrahan, 17, of Vancouver, Grand Prize winner; Mickayla Johnson, 17, of Vancouver; Matt Murray, 17, of Vancouver, two-time Grand Prize winner; Kristine Pascual, 19, of Vancouver; and Lily Walsh, 8, of Vancouver.

The contest was sponsored by the Clark County Youth Commission and Community Planning.