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Haley Farr works with kindergartners after school at Muse Theatrix. (The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin).
Haley Farr works with kindergartners after school at Muse Theatrix. (The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin).

By Marjorie Woodfin

Pilot staff writer

Haley McElle Farr is looking for support for her newly-formed Muse Theatrix, dedicated to teaching dance, gymnastics, yoga, cheerleading, and more, for children, teens and adults.

The organization is currently aimed at providing dance classes and after-school activities for children in kindergarten through high school. Kinder classes have already started, and Farr said she has had more than 50 youngsters in her dance classes, temporarily being held in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall.

However, a more permanent home has been found in a portion of the building at 1240 Chetco Ave., where arrangements have been made to occupy 2500 square feet set up as two rooms, with plans to broaden the program to include yoga classes, acting classes, Tango and other ballroom dances, clog combo, singing and tumbling.

Muse Theatrix has received a Public Benefit With Members status from the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division, and has filed for a nonprofit corporation status. It will be run as a nonprofit corporation with a board of directors consisting of five adult members and one student director. Currently, the officers of the establishment, in addition to Farr who serves as vice president, are Bryan Skidmore, president; Claire Willard, secretary; and Terrie Noller, treasurer.

Farr indicated that their vision for the future of the group is to provide a center for teens, and a place for members of the community to gather and support each other. Other listed planned activities include pre-ballet, country night for swing and line dance, jazz, a workshop for those interested in theatrical production such as, lighting, sound, costumes, directing and character building, plus bands, dancing and late-night java.

Farr said, "Friday nights will be dedicated for the teens in the community. Ages 13 to 18 will always be welcome to karaoke, play music, jam sessions, movies, games, and, of course, food, with staff and chaperones, with a ratio of one-to-six, always present."

She also said a coffee and snack bar is planned for 8 to 11 p.m., with a $5 cover charge.

The premises will be available for other activities and private parties, with a modest rental charge, she said.

Such a center cannot be run without sufficient funds, and the planners are asking for help.

"We are asking for support from the community," Farr said. "The center will be a nonprofit organization and your help is appreciated."

In addition to cash, she listed a number of other needed donations, including a refrigerator, mirrors for a dance studio, tables and chairs, sink and cabinets, piano and/or musical instruments, children's dance shoes (new or used), "dress up" clothing and fun accessories, sound and lighting equipment.

A copy of Muse Theatrix business plan, director's resumes, and references are available upon request. For information or to request a pickup of donations, call Farr at (541) 251-4027.


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