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Siblings host fundraiser

The Cashmore siblings are pursuing their musical dreams by getting the best education they can.

Crystal Cashmore, 24, and her sister Samantha, 21, attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in California. They heard it was one of the best places to perfect their art, but being students from Canada means they pay higher tuition than students attending from the states.

To help with tuition costs the sisters are hosting two fundraisers, called An Evening of Song, one on Saturday (Jan. 19) and another on Jan. 26. The first performance is a classical operatic night and the second Jan. 26 performance will be a more contemporary music style. During the evening the two were both sing solo performances and duets.

The sisters said they split the genres between the two nights so that people can attend the performance that suits their musical tastes.

Crystal said she can’t imagine pursing any other career and hopes to work in Broadway or off-Broadway when she graduates. Musical theatre allows her to express feelings and communicate with people in the audience on a deeper level.

“It’s sort of like an escape,” said Crystal about performing music. “It allows you to be something else. You get to play different characters. It allows you to express a huge variety of emotions you don’t get to express every day.”

Her sister Samantha said she wants to also pursue a career in musical theatre. She said it doesn’t matter what mood she is in or what she’s doing but anytime music comes on she feels like she has to sing or dance. It has a powerful effect on her.

The siblings have hosted  fundraisers before and said they are looking forward to seeing people who attended previously and showing them the improvements they have made thanks to attending the academy.

An Evening of Song is Saturday (Jan. 19) and Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, located at 100 Chapel St.

Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 250-585-6174 or e-mailing nscashmore@gmail.com.

The two performances also include a silent auction, which begins at 6 p.m.

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