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Education Notebook: NC presents ‘Doll Shop’

Thu., April 24, 2014, midnight

Students at North Central High School are staging “Doll Shop,” beginning May 1 in the NC Performing Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The show will continue May 2 and 3 and May 7 through 9 at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on May 3.

This is NC’s 24th production of the show. The play was first produced by former NC physical education teacher, Elsa Pinkham, in 1930. Pinkham loved to sing and dance and believed that every student should have the opportunity to be on the stage. She directed 14 productions of the musical as a teacher at NC, the last in 1958.

The show was revived in the 1980s by NC drama teacher Tom Armitage. This year’s musical has a cast, crew and orchestra of about 250 students.

Each year the show is produced, students write a new story for what happens at the doll shop. This year, the story opens with a fire that destroys the shop. The shop’s owner, Dave ( Gus Johnston), finds out that one of his dolls, Flapjack ( D.J. Wordell), is a genie and will grant his every wish. The dolls take Dave on an entertaining adventure.

Other cast members are Anna Waterman as Alice; Carver Bain as Leslie; and Austin Anderson as Biff.

Tickets are $8 per person and $7 for GSL card holders and senior citizens. To purchase tickets and for more information call the North Central Business Office at (509) 354-6239.

Northwest Christian students win at chess tourneys

Northwest Christian Schools Chess Club won two elementary team trophies in March at at Scholastic Chess Tournaments.

Ryan Waters won the K-3 section with a perfect score of five wins; and Ethan Naresh won the K-6 section with four wins and one draw.

Other Northwest Christian elementary chess team members are Mason Ramot, Andrew Naresh, Zach Patrick, Matthew Cordis and Aaron House. The students are coached by Ray Arquette and John Dill.

Guilds’ School Penny Drive is Saturday

The Spokane Guilds’ School is reaching out to Spokane residents Saturday and asking for their loose change, because every penny counts. The nonprofit school will hold its 18th annual Community Day Penny Drive, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Guilds’ School serves infants and toddlers in Spokane and the surrounding area who were born with a developmental disability or delay. Families are never turned away because of an inability to pay. All of the proceeds from the Penny Drive will benefit the school and help provide for the children who visit the school and grow from their services.

Penny drop-off sites are: Washington Trust Bank/Wandermere, 438 E. Hastings Road; Spokane Guilds’ School, 2118 W. Garland Ave.; the intersection of Country Homes Boulevard and Wall Street; the intersection of Francis Avenue and Nevada Street; the intersection of Francis Avenue and Ash and Maple Streets; the intersection of Mission Avenue and Hamilton Street; the intersection of Monroe Street, Indiana Avenue and Northwest Boulevard.; Safeway and Albertsons, North Liberty Lake Road, Liberty Lake; Walgreen’s Parking Lot, 15510 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley; Inland NW Bank at the intersection of 57th Avenue and Regal Street; the intersection of 29th Avenue and Grand Boulevard; Cheney Masonic Lodge, 106 College Ave., Cheney; and Double Eagle Pawn Parking Lot, 811 S. Main St., Deer Park.

For more information call Korin Michielli at (509) 326-1651, email or visit

To submit news about your school, students and staff to the Education Notebook, send the details to or call (509) 459-5434.


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