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.
Tickets priced at $10 for Adults, $8 for Senior Citizens, and $5 for students (K-12) are available at three outlets: Bandon Ace Hardware (in Radio Shack), Bandon Mercantile, and Olivia’s Cottage. Tickets will also be available at the door before each show, or reserve by calling the Almichs at 541-347-2517.