Pipestone student recital Sunday
Students of Pam Hunt at the Pipestone School of Music will hold their annual studio recital in the Methow Valley Community Center gym on Sunday (April 26) at 3 p.m. Students from age 5 to 23 will perform solo and group pieces on violin, viola and cello. The event is free but donations to Pipestone will be accepted. For more information, call 997-0222.
Benefit concerts in Pateros
The Copper Mountain Band will play two benefit performances for the Carlton Complex Fire recovery effort on May 1 and 2 at Memorial Park in Pateros. The concerts will be from 8 a.m.– midnight. Brittany Jean, composer of the song “Wildfire,” inspired by the Carlton Complex fires, will open on both nights at 7:15 p.m. The concerts are free, and all donations will benefit the Carlton Complex rebuilding effort. All ages are welcome and a beer garden will be available. The band, from Troy, Montana, is described as a “high-energy country music group.” For more information, call 997-0588.
Summer drama camps
The Merc Playhouse in Twisp will once again offer its Summer Youth Drama Camps, directed by Megan Fox Hicks. The camps will run July 6 – 10 and Aug. 17–21, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. each day. A final performance will be at 4 p.m. on each closing Friday. Designed for children 8 and up, the camps focus on theater performance with training in acting, singing and dancing. Campers learn backstage fundamentals such as set building and costuming. Cost is $200 per week. A $50, non-refundable deposit is required at registration. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit www.mercplayhouse.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 997-7529.
Macbeth coming to The Merc
The Merc Playhouse will host a Seattle Shakespeare Company production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on May 16.
The Seattle company’s production is a “taut, pared-down play that tells a tale of murder and dark ambition,” according to a press release. Returning to The Merc’s stage will be Terri Weagant, who appeared in the solo show The Amish Project in 2014. She will play the role of Lady Macbeth.
The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, and are available at the door or online at mercplayhouse.org. Discount tickets are available with “The Classic Deal:” buy tickets to Macbeth and the upcoming performance of Picnic and receive 20 percent off. See The Merc’s website for details. For more information, call 997-7529.
Dance classes for kids
Pre-school and pre-kindergarten dance classes for kids 3 to 6 years old will be offered beginning May 6 at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Missi Smith, The Merc’s executive director, will be the instructor.
The pre-school classes (ages 3 and 4) will be on Wednesdays through June 17, from 3:30-4 p.m. The class focuses on the fundamentals that prepare students for participation and instruction in a group dance setting. Cost is $50 for a 10-class pass, or $5 per session.
The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes (ages 5 and 6) will also be on Wednesdays, from 4-4:45 p.m. The class is for students who have been taking preschool dance and are ready for a longer class with more technique introduction. Cost is $75 for a 10-class pass, or $7.50 per session.
Scholarships are available. For more information, call 997-7529.
Watercolor class openings
A couple of spots are still open in the Saturday (April 25) watercolor class on capturing mountain textures offered by Alec Creighton at Paula Christen’s Winthrop studio. The class is from 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Cost is $125. To register, go to aleccreighton.com/workshops.
Kids’ concert to benefit Congo
A “Kids’ Concert for the Congo” will be presented at 2 p.m. on May 3 at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church. Young local musicians will perform a selection of classical, jazz, and bluegrass music to benefit students in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The concert is free, but donations are suggested.
Linda and Wayne Mendro will share a short presentation about their decade-long efforts to help ensure kids in the Congo can go to school. Organized by local 11- and 12-year olds, the concert will feature piano, guitar, violin and voice performances.