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First-ever OSA pageant set for Aug. 8, 9 | Preston Citizen

First-ever OSA pageant set for Aug. 8, 9

August 1, 2014


Citizen staff writer

When a grandfather trying to connect to his digitally-minded grandson, a father hoping to inspire his rambunctious young family and a young man in love trying to share a meaningful secret with his sweetheart, unexpectedly meet in the Oneida Stake Academy building, they discover that sometimes walls can talk.

The Oneida Stake Academy Cultural Center debuts its first ever pageant on Aug. 8 and 9, at 8:30 p.m.

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“If These Walls Could Talk” is a clever musical written by local writer, Cecelie Costley.

Director Dani Dunn, of Franklin, brings together professional music written by Tyler Castleton, snappy dancing choreographed by Paula Lemmon, Taessia King, and Autumn Coats, local voices under the direction of chorister Karla Gundersen, colorful costumes assembled by Pat Moses and Glenda Swainston, Joe Ward’s horses and antique cars gathered by Doug West for a wonderful evening of song, dance and storytelling the whole family will enjoy.

The elegant 124-year-old Oneida Stake Academy building itself will star in the show, as the pageant will be held in the intersection in front of the OSA at 8:30 p.m. both nights.

The production involves dozens and dozens of local actors, dancers, costume directors, prop and scenery builders, musicians, staging, light and sound experts, singers, make-up artists, and committee members.

“I would like to take a moment to thank the many, very talented groups of people from our community that have willingly donated hundreds of hours to bring this community a classic and profound production,” said Dunn.

“These are all truly acts of love for community spirit, … reminding me that there is a lot of good to still be ours.”

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