2009 Enrichment Programs


After our successful production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song in January and February 2009 at the Nevada Theatre, CATS is ready to launch a series of fundraisers this summer, which focus on the cultural aspect of our mission and concurrently raise seed money for our 2010 production (to be announced by Fall).

Cultural Program Director and Articles:
Publication Designer:
Poster and Postcard Designs:
Staffing at Events:
Jeannie Wong Wood
Patty Lum-Ohmann
Melanie Sullivan
CATS Board of Directors
and Volunteers

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“The Art of Performance in Acting and in Life”

Darryl Hickman

Saturday, July 11, 2009

12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.


Nevada County
Superintendent of Schools
Conference Room

112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City


This 4-hour workshop includes the book written by Darryl Hickman, The Unconscious Actor, and admission that evening to “The Lion In Winter,” produced by Greg and Karen Leigh Sharp at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley from July 9 to July 25. Mr. Hickman is the guest director for this production. Mr. Hickman’s extensive background is in the movies, on Broadway, and on television. He is an actor, writer, producer, director, and author. He says that we live in a performance-oriented society. When we act on stage, we’re performing. When we play baseball, we’re performing. When we go to a job interview, we’re performing.

Whether we act, pitch for the Yankees, or meet with a prospective employer, the skills for honest performance and creativity come into play. Workshop is recommended for both experienced actors and novices, as well as for anyone else who isn’t an actor, but “performs” in life. For teens and adults. Spaces limited.

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TEAPOTMake An Asian Teapot

Taught by Rose Shulman and Denise Wey

July 28 (6-9 p.m.) and Aug. 18 (6-8 p.m.)

Mud Hut Ceramics Center
162 Nevada City Highway (next to the Imaginarium), Nevada City

$45 for 2 class sessions includes all materials. For teens and adults

Come learn how to handcraft your own Asian-style teapot! Continuing a partnership started last summer between the nonprofit Mud Hut and CATS, this class will allow tea enthusiasts to deepen their connection with tea culture while learning some basic ceramic hand-building skills. After you create a basic 2-3 serving artisan teapot, you’ll have many options for surface treatments, such as stamping and carving designs inspired by nature, choosing a colorful glaze or patina, and creating a handle from either clay or bamboo. You’ll make a set of cups, too. Your friends and family will be amazed you didn’t buy it – you made it!

ROSE-SHULMANRose Shulman of Nevada City teaches frequently at the Mud Hut. She specializes in making slab-built, exquisitely carved table lamps, as well as graffito carved sushi plates, saki sets and hand-carved tiles. She studied ceramics and other arts at Chico State and has worked as a professional ceramicist for many years.

DENISE-WAYDenise Wey of Penn Valley has been an resident instructor at the Mud Hut since its opening (under the auspices of the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office) in 2003. A professional landscape painter, jewelry maker and ceramic artist, Denise co-teaches the Mud Hut’s ongoing adult class, “Hands In Clay,” as well as numerous ongoing clay classes for children. Her varied career teaching and making art spans more than 30 years.

“Partnering with CATS is exciting and challenging because their cultural enrichment programs are outstanding,” says Paul Harrar, manager of the Mud Hut and the School Arts Liaison for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office. “This is a unique opportunity to explore Asian culture, ceramic culture and personal creativity. We look forward to bringing some new faces into the Mud Hut!” Class is limited to 20.

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CARDS-09Asian-Themed Gift Cards

Learn to make one-of-a-kind extraordinary and stunning Asian-themed gift cards for all occasions.

Taught by Jennifer Cebollero

August 1, 2009 – Saturday
11:00 a.m.. – 3:30 p.m.

Creative Cards, Etc.
654 Maltman Drive, Suite C in Grass Valley
(across from SRC Rentals)


JENNIFERJennifer Cebollero, owner of Creative Cards, Etc., fell into this business of card making rather accidentally. In the late 1990s she began receiving beautiful hand-crafted cards from her very good friend, Patty Lum-Ohmann (CATS Board member). She was intrigued by how they were made, as they were such unique works of art, and definitely not assembly-lined produced. In the ensuing years, Patty invited her over to make some Easter cards, and the rest is now history! Jennifer became hooked! Starting as a hobby, her passion made way for it to become a full-time business.

The class will be making 4 (or 5, time permitting), Asian-influenced cards. All are very different and unique. Come tap into your creative potential and give your friends and families those works of art at special occasions and during holidays.

Or for no reason at all! But register soon, this class is limited to 8 students.

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Japanese Ikebana

the Japanese art of floral arrangement
or the way of flowers

IKEBANATaught by Wendy Rosky

Saturday, August 22, 2009
12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: To be Advised

$65 (fee includes $35 worth of materials)

Enrich your life with the creative art of Ikebana, a centuries old Japanese art form. Plants and flowers in Ikebana may convey happiness or sadness, impressions of nature, the joy of events and creative themes. More than just a decoration, Ikebana can be a special connection between the arranger of the work and the person appreciating it. In class, you will learn basic traditional Ikebana style using traditional tools as well as creating contemporary designs. Some basic materials will be provided, however, other tools and materials will be available for purchase from the instructor. Materials include vase, pins, foam, mat, towel, and flowers.

WENDY-ROSKYWendy Rosky is a local software engineer who also has had a long running interest in flowers and floral arranging. She has created both fresh and artificial floral designs for weddings, and home and workspace beautification. Wendy has experience in both Asian and western styles of floral design. She and her family have been involved in many aspects of CATS productions, and we are pleased to have her teach a workshop for CATS.

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Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook!

(A Cooking Demonstration and Booksigning)

August 29, 2009, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

Center for the Arts
314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA

Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door

CATS will host a cooking demonstration and book signing by Chinese celebrity chef Martin Yan of the popular Yan Can Cook! TV series. Many are familiar with his wit and humor on public television. He is as much an entertainer in person as he is on television! Spend a most enjoyable afternoon with Martin and learn the secrets to great Chinese cooking, as well as his philosophy on life! He will also share with us his recent trips to China.

YAN-BOOKYou will have an opportunity to purchase his cookbooks and have them personally autographed, and don’t forget to pick up some of his own brand of kitchen knives. Remember to bring your cameras for that special photo op with Martin!

For more information about Martin Yan, his other books and appearances, click here to visit his web site

We will auction off the food he prepares. Bring your checkbook for a CATs Fund Raising Bidding Frenzy!

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CATS Asian Film Festival

ANN-MAYAnna May Wong

Frosted Yellow Willows:
Her Life, Times and Legend

By Elaine Mae Woo

September 13, 2009 – Sunday, 2:00 p.m.


Center for the Arts
314 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA

Admission: $10 advance, $15 at the door

AM-WONGFeaturing a documentary on the Chinese-American Hollywood legend, Anna May Wong, who graced the silver screen from the silent era in the 1920’s to the 1960’s. She was the first Asian to achieve national and international acclaim. Her career included movies with Douglas Fairbanks and Marlene Dietrich. Experience the heartfelt confines of her culture and her uphill climb to stardom. Meet the producer and director Elaine Mae Woo, who will be conducting questions and answers after the screening. The film is narrated by Nancy Kwan. The event concludes with a simple reception.

NANCY-KWANNancy Kwan, Narrator made her acting debut in The World of Suzie Wong (1960) for which she was nominated Best Actress by the Hollywood Foreign Press. It was followed by a memorable performance in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (1961), the first major western film with an all-Asian cast. Since then, Miss Kwan has appeared on stage, screen, and television all around the world. She has also expanded her credits to include writer, producer, and ambassador for Hong Kong’s film community.

ELAINEElaine Mae Woo, Writer, Director Producer background is in domestic and international marketing and sales for various American corporations and companies. She studied at U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State University in the mid-1960s and has been taking film and new media courses at UCLA Extension since 1994. She considers herself a documentarian of Asians in Hollywood from circa 1900 to 1940.

To see a trailer for this film, click here to go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgfifVyg-CM

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CATS Asian Film Festival

Pride’s Deadly Fury

English language version

PRIDEAn award-winning action-packed

Kung Fu Martial Arts Film (G-rated)

Starring Li Jun Feng
(A Sheng Zhen Qigong Master)

Written by Xie Hong and Yun Hua Directed by Zhang Huaxun

September 20, 2009 – Sunday, 3:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
410 South Church Street, Grass Valley, CA

Admission: $10 adults $5 children (12 & under)

Master Li Jun Feng, the founder of Sheng Zhen Qigong, is a former Kung Fu movie actor, choreographer, and director. Pride’s Deadly Fury received a Chinese National Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” and was selected as the “Motion Picture of the Year” by the Chinese Ministry of Culture in 1983.

Two fight scenes from the movie are in the YouTube clip to the left. If you’d like to see this movie complete and in English, come to the CATS Asian Film Festival on September 20th.

MASTER-LIMaster Li, a distinguished graduate of the Beijing Physical Education University, excelled in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Bagua, Swords, and Broadsword. He was the Head Coach of the Beijing Martial Arts Team. He went on to become the Head Coach of China’s National Martial Arts Team and led it to unprecedented glory, acquiring hundreds of Gold Medals for China.

In addition to our featured film, a short documentary on Master Li coaching a young and aspiring Jet Li (the movie star!) will also be shown.

At the height of his success, Master Li became interested in Sheng Zhen Qigong and its powerful healing properties. He moved to Manila in 1995 where he began teaching the principles of Sheng Zhen Qigong, mental and physical meditations and movements. There he wrote two books, The Return to Oneness and Healing Qigong, the Removal of Disease in Three Parts, which are available for purchase. At the core of Master Li’s philosophy is the emphasis on the importance of opening the Heart and the importance of Unconditional Love. Once the Heart is open, the qi (vital energy) of the individual and the qi of the whole Universe can exchange freely. This uninterrupted flow can bring about a deep healing of one’s body, mind and spirit, creating a total sense of well-being.

Master Li first came to Nevada City in late 1996, at the invitation of local Tai Chi teacher, Francesca Roveda. He gave lectures and demonstrations that sparked the formation of a local group that has been meeting regularly here for over 12 years. Two local women have become certified instructors, Liz Ely and Akiko Myers. Today Master Li travels worldwide teaching extensively in over 20 countries. He returns to Nevada County annually and has taught at the North Columbia School House, the South Yuba Club, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, and the Nevada City Veterans’ Building. Last summer he hosted a successful International Teacher Training in Nevada City with 50 participants from all over the world. His short film, “The Quiet Mind,” will also be shown, portraying his journey from the highly competitive and stressed person he once was, to the tremendously kind, patient and loving person he has become.

Master Li will be giving a 2-day workshop the following weekend on September 26th and 27th at St. Joseph’s. He will be teaching “Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong Parts I & II” and “Awakening the Soul”. Register on September 20 or call Liz Ely at 530-265-6600 or e-mail her at lizely @ hotmail.comVisit www.shengzhen.org.

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“The Art Of The Audition”

SANDRA-ROCKMANan on-your-feet workshop with

Sandra Rockman

Saturday, October 3, 2009

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Conference Room
112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, CA
(corner of Nevada City Highway, Zion Street, and Ridge Road)

As both CATS and the local theater scene heat up with more excellent and challenging community productions, your audition skills can be polished to a sheen. Learn how to be more confident and able to make a stronger impression.

Workshop Goals:

  • Methods on how to relax and enjoy an audition
  • Increase your techniques on how to finesse a cold read
  • Working with sides from upcoming CATS audition for Snow Falling on Cedars (based on the best-selling novel by David Guterson) and other plays; see www.catsweb.org for audition information
  • Common errors of presentation
  • Bring a 2-minute monologue and we’ll refine interpretation and delivery

Sandra Rockman has been involved with the local theater scene since 1978. She is an actress, playwright and has directed more than 25 productions. For CATS, she directed Tea in 2007 and Golden Child in 2008. Class size limited. To register, please click here for our Audition Workshop Registration form. For additional information call 530-265-6514 or email sandrarockman@sbcglobal.net.

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