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Local Eyes present:
Art Center Theater in Review

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center
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Joselyn Malik in The Wizard of Oz, December, 2008 at the Gualala Arts Center The Local Eyes performance series at the Gualala Arts Center will showcase, on May 30th at 7:00 p.m., 24 local artists, many of whom will be recreating their roles from the last seven musical productions of the Art Center Theater. It will be a wonderful walk down memory lane, produced in concert style. Some shows represented will include "Annie," "The Secret Garden" and "Scrooge."

The Local Eyes venue continues to provide an opportunity for residents in our coastal community to perform for the public, and, at the same time, share in the proceeds from ticket sales. All of the artists in the May 30th show will be donating their proceeds to the family of Joselyn Malik, enabling Joselyn to continue her ballet training.

Anyone who saw last winter's "The Wizard of Oz" had the pleasure of watching this 13-year-old, talented, young dancer, who has studied classical ballet for the past eight years. "Because I love dancing, music and theater, I loved being in Wizard" - which was her fourth show on the Arts Center stage. "Theater is always exciting to me," says Joselyn, a straight A student in the eighth grade. Her passion for dance and theater has grown over the years.

When it became apparent that more advanced dance training was needed, she moved her studies from Ukiah to the Santa Rosa Dance Theater, where she has been training with the famed Russian ballerina Tamara Statkoun and former San Francisco Ballet company principal dancer, Gina Ness.

Because ballet training is rigorous and dancers work many years before they are considered ready to audition for a company, Joselyn's current instructors require her to be in class a minimum of five days a week. The commute to and from Santa Rosa is 2½ hours each way, and the expense of gas, classes, studio time and dance supplies is becoming difficult to finance.

Joselyn Malik in The Wizard of Oz, December, 2008 at the Gualala Arts Center Joselyn Malik in The Wizard of Oz, December, 2008 at the Gualala Arts Center

Please join us on May 30, at 7:00 p.m. for a "one night only" evening of fun and song and know that the proceeds will benefit a very worthy cause! Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for youth 17 and under.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.