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Young artists SOAR with information and entertainment for SOAR Festival 3

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Young artists  have an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and show off their own during the third annual SOAR  Emerging Artists Festival, May 31-June 4.Muffy Mckay is excited about SOAR 3, May 31-June 4 at Casa. Photo by Richard Amery
Casa hosts a busy week of art, symposiums and local talent during the annual festival.
“ It will be so amazing,” summarized Allied Arts Council communications coordinator Kelaine Devine, who looks forward to the variety of events happening throughout the SOAR Festival.

SOAR 2017 opens with the first of three cabaret nights at Casa, May 31. Featured acts are Lethbridge circus act Gymfinity Aerials, plus short plays “My Daughter‘s Father” by Sydney Murdoch and “Severance Pay” by  Griffin Cook and Ben Price Magic.
Cabaret night 2, June 1, includes “My Daughter’s Father” by Sydney Murdoch “Follow me on Instagram” by Kristen Krein and “Come Home” from Moot Entertainment.
Cabaret 3, June 2, features Hannah Rud’s “ Awkward Girl” and Newman Mentalism performing “Letters to West 113th.”

SOAR passes are $50 which includes admission to all three of the cabarets and the symposiums June 3 and 4. Otherwise admission is $10 for each cabaret night.
 Admission to the seminars and to the cabarets is open to everybody, though participation is the cabarets is restricted to young artists 18-34.

 Project and Member Services director Muffy McKay noted different symposiums won’t conflict with each other this year.

“There’s no conflict. You will be able to attend all of them if you want to for $25,“ she said, noting there are a variety of symposiums on the nuts and bolts of making a living in entertainment, covering topics like taxes, applying for grants and other interesting topics.
 There are also a lot of fun symposiums including Nick Bohle’s seminar on preparing for interviews in front of video cameras.

“He will teach you how to be more confident while doing interviews in front of a camera,” Devine observed, adding other fun seminars include Claire Lint’s improv movement seminar and Troy Nickel’s photographing artwork seminar.
“I’m teaching one of social media and how to write a proper promo package and bio,” Devine said. There are also seminars on graphic recording techniques and sketch noting, yoga, self  publishing and a summary of working in the arts to close off the symposiums.

“ I’m excited to see Kris Hodgson’s seminar on virtual reality storytelling strategies,” she continued.

“I wish I had something like this when I was in my 20s,” Devine enthused.

“I had to learn everything through trial and error,” she said.
McKay is excited about the cabarets.
“They’re great opportunities for young artists to do something experimental and get paid to do it,” McKay said.

Both are excited about the Postcards exhibit, which opened at Casa earlier in the month.

Admission to the cabarets is $10 a night or $25  for all three.  A SOAR pass for $50 allows admission to all the cabarets and  symposiums. Attendance to just the symposiums is $25.

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A version of this story appears in the May 17, 2017 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times/ Shopper
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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