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Alfalfa Grange spring dinner set for this Sunday

TOPPENISH – Lower Yakima Valley residents are invited to the Alfalfa Grange’s annual spring dinner this coming Sunday, March 5.

Sunday’s noon to 3 p.m. dinner menu will consist of roast beef, potatoes with gravy, vegetables, salads, rolls and homemade pie. Meal costs are set at $6 for adults and $3 for young children.

The Alfalfa Grange hall is located six miles east of Toppenish on Hwy 22.

‘Crazy for You’

filled with song, dance

ZILLAH – Up for a night of comedy, cowboys, tap dancing and some great Gershwin tunes?

Look no farther than the Z Center Stage Production of “Crazy for You,” a new musical based on the classic work of George and Ira Gershwin. The musical will performed in the Zillah High School auditorium March 9-11 and March 16-18. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. each night.

This Gershwin extravaganza is filled with song and dance, as well as Ken Ludwig’s hilarious dialogue. The audience will be swept up in an artfully constructed tale of boy meeting girl in the Wild West, where they spread goodness and ultimately fall in love.

The play’s curtain opens on a magical place, backstage at the Zangler Theater in New York in the 1930s. The last performance of The Zangler Follies is wrapping up for the season and Tess (Joy Myers), the dance director, is dodging the advances of the married Mr. Zangler (Josiah Gust). Bobby Child (Evan Sainsbury), the rich son of a banking family, is backstage hoping for an audition with Zangler. He performs

K-ra-zy for You

, but fails to impress Zangler.

The story line continues with Bobby meeting Irene (Jenna Roldan), the wealthy woman to whom he has been engaged for five years, and then by his mother (Kathryn Moffat), who demands that Bobby carry out a piece of banking business for her. Bobby is told to go to Deadrock, Nev. to foreclose on a rundown theater.

Bobby ends up falling in love with the daughter (Amanda Duford) of the man who owns the theater he has been asked to close. He finds himself in a bind, for if he forecloses on the theater, he will lose the girl he loves. Inspired, he comes up with the idea of putting on a show to pay off the mortgage.

What starts out as a disappointment changes into the realization that the show has galvanized the once-sleepy town.

The director/producer of “Crazy for You,” Lynn Brant, said the production has been a challenge for the Zillah High School’s drama department.

“This is the first tap dancing show we have ever done here,” she said. “There is often so much going on at one rehearsal, it is almost crazy.”

Adding to the rehearsal process was other choreography by ZHS alumnus Bethany Myers, and vocal practice of all those great Gershwin standards under the direction of choral teacher Bryan Long.

“It is a big show for our small school, but I am proud of the fact that our group has the talent to keep trying new and different things,” said Brant.

Tickets for the six performances are now available by calling the high school office (829-5565). General admission is $6 and reserved section seating is $7.

Photography exhibit opens Sunday, March 5

YAKIMA – A photography exhibit of works of high school shutterbugs will open with a 2 to 5 p.m. reception this coming Sunday, March 5, at Yakima’s Larson Gallery.

Jurors Herb Blisard, a photography instructor at YVCC, and Gordon King, a staff photographer with the Yakima Herald-Republic, will give a talk at 4 p.m.

The show will continue through Saturday, March 18.

The exhibit of photographs taken by high school students is a prelude to the 34

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annual photo exhibition hosted by the Larson Gallery, located at 16

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and Nob Hill on the Yakima YVCC campus.

This is the third consecutive year the Larson Gallery has offered high school students in Washington state their own juried competition. Cash awards will be given, including $100 for best of show. Award winners will be announced at the opening reception on Sunday. Prize winners from the high school show will be invited to exhibit their photos in the national competition at the gallery, but will not be eligible for additional awards.

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