Bandon, Oregon serves as the home-base for New Artists Productions, Inc. a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the introduction of new young performance artists to the fields of the Performing Arts.
The existence of this corporation is founded on the premise that ‘there abounds considerable young talent needing an opportunity to be recognized.’ The goals have always been to teach youth through all aspects of theater – acting, make-up, stagecraft, directing, producing, stage lighting and sound, scenery design, and set construction. New Artists Productions, Inc. seeks to be the helping hand up by providing recording services, stage opportunities, and financial assistance to worthy young artists. “New Artists Productions” offers its program at no cost to its students, grades 1 – 12.
In 1995 Dan and Anita Almich founded New Artists Productions, Inc. with the intent of providing opportunities for youth through the performance arts. They funded the activities personally at no expense to the participants. The program produced musical recordings for students who auditioned for school and state competitions, as well as producing recorded CDs by local youth bands.
When the drama program at Bandon High School was eliminated from the curriculum, the Almichs were encouraged and, after some thought, decided to expand their organization’s offerings by continuing the offering to the youth of the community as an extra-curricular activity. The organization’s history of providing performance outlets to local youth became the foundation for the establishment of the community youth theater program.
In 2000, with the production of musical recitals and recording services for young people, the expansion of New Artists Productions took hold. After obtaining its 501 (c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt status in October 2002, New Artists began formulating a plan with 6 high school students to produce Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. The play was staged in 2003 at the Sprague Community Theater in Bandon.
The dramatic stage wing of New Artists Productions, Inc. began and continues to this day. Those 6 actors set the foundation for the program, which has grown into an active company of over 40 young actors, with new students becoming involved each year. The program produces music recitals, variety shows, dramatic plays, musical plays, and organized summer camps.
All donations are 100% tax-deductible. The program is supported through private donation, ticket sales, and grant funding. All proceeds from activities are re-invested in the program to provide theatrical opportunities at no expense to the student participants.
We are a year-round program offering participation in at least two major productions during the year and educational activities within the community and state to meet with industry professionals.
We provide our program at no cost to those who participate.
Sustaining 18 years of operation, New Artists has produced over 80 shows and stage opportunities and has introduced over 600 young actors to all aspects of theater performance. Participating students are publicly, privately, and home-school educated and range in age from 5 to 18. They reside in Bandon, and surrounding cities of Reedsport, Coos Bay, North Bend, Coquille, Langlois, Sixes, and Port Orford.
New Artists offers experienced actors/performers as a valuable resource for child or young adult roles in adult theater productions and musical events within the county (Little Theater On the Bay, Bandon Playhouse, the Sawdust Theater, Bandon Cranberry Court, and Bay Area Teen Idol.) New Artists Productions also involves students from MarLo Dance Studio and Pacific School of Dance (Bay Area) as dancers and choreographers to a new dimension to the program’s stage offerings. As a result, the program is able to offer additional performance opportunities for young dancers as they apply their talents and skills on stage.
Skills developed through involvement with New Artists also benefit young people and school-age students who participate in Speech/Forensics, Leadership, Music programs, and community service events.
In addition to educating the participants from a script or a song, New Artists also arranges to take educational trips to Broadway Productions which tour Oregon. Educational trips have taken the participants to Eugene, OR (150 miles from Bandon) and Portland, OR (250 miles from Bandon) to see productions of: Phantom of the Opera (2 separate trips), A Connecticut Yankee, Oklahoma, The Lion King (2 separate trips), Wicked (3 separate trips), Les Misérables, and Cinderella.
On the whole, New Artists Productions presents casts of many talented young people to audiences throughout the year; young people who have a desire and dedication to the Performance Arts. We are very fortunate to have so many who will share their experiences with other generations; thus keeping The Arts alive within local communities for others to enjoy for years to come.
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New Artists Productions
88586 Trout Pond Lane
Bandon, OR 97411-6318