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Drama students preview Little Shop of Horrors, enjoy talk-back

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Students studying theatre at Evergreen High School, Conifer High School and Adams City High School made up the audience at the Pizza Preview of "Little Shop of Horrors" Wednesday night at Center Stage.  

Leaders of the Evergreen Chorale under the musical direction of Christine Gaudreau know that dress rehearsals always go better when there's a live audience.  It's become customary for students to be invited to attend for a nominal fee that includes a meal of pizza and beverage.  Audience members come with the understanding that the director could stop the show and ask performers to start a scene over.  Generally, it's a win:win situation.

At the end of the show, members of the cast sat on the edge of the stage and took questions from the audience.  Comments from the actors had a common thread of advice to those who might be thinking of careers on stage:  have a real profession and make acting an avocation.

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Two new Habitat homes dedicated

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The Christensen and Brand families celebrated the completion of their new Habitat homes in Kittredge at a late-January dedication ceremony attended by 50 friends, family members, volunteers, staff and board members.

"These were our 33rd and 34th homes in our mountain community," said Executive Director Kathleen O'Leary. "The families worked very hard, each putting in 250 hours of sweat equity. Pam was so excited, she said it was like a second Christmas."

"Page Brand singing 'All of Me' was definitely the highlight," said Assistant Executive Director Glenn Pieters. Tina BrandT's 9-year-old daughter sang the pop song, accompanied by her iPhone, at a family support meeting a few months back, and asked to perform at the dedication. "She went through with it."

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Meet Pandora Reagan

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While musing over what makes Evergreen so notable, few could deny that it’s the giving nature of the people who live here. Pandora Reagan is one who raises the bar on such. Her work record alone reflects a devoted history of service that’s hard to beat.

A military father and a German national mother fostered tenets of love, wit, and kindness that culminated into a “natural” for service work. Growing up in Virginia, Pandora says that her childhood was practically perfect and her mother’s “go-getter” demeanor set the path for her education and employment.

After achieving her masters in special education at the University of Colorado, she embarked on a career teaching high school students with behavioral issues and began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Denver, something that changed her life’s direction forever. Volunteer work led to a paying job as marketing director for Habitat for Humanity, a position she described as “the most amazing job” and cherished every day creating programs for the organization. After more than 10 years of service in Denver, she gravitated toward the mountains and accepted a job as Director of Fundraising with Blue Spruce Habitat here in Evergreen where she spent the next 5 years.