South County Beat: Scotland art festival picks Nipomo High

Nine Nipomo High School students will represent the school’s drama department by performing in Scotland later this year, if they can raise enough money for the trip.

The department has been chosen from 3,000 applicants nationwide to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is held annually in August and bills itself as “the biggest arts festival in the world.”

The cast members — Jenna Butz, David Caruso, Andy Katz, Kyra Meko, Paul Olson, Holly Patterson, Nolan Pugh, Rachelle Williams and Jackie Williams — will perform the musical comedy “Nunsense” during their two-week stay as part of the American High School Theatre Festival.

The musical comedy is directed by Robyn Metchik, who heads up Nipomo High’s drama program.

The students each need to raise $6,300 for the trip. The recent “Legends” show at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts raised about $30,000 for the students.

Donations can be sent to the “Drama Scholarship Fund,” at Nipomo High School, attention Robyn Metchik, 525 North Thompson Road, Nipomo, CA 93444. Donation forms can also be downloaded from the school’s website, www.nhsdrama.org.

Seen on ‘Oprah’

Camay Arad got her four seconds of fame. Arad, owner of Chameleon in the Arroyo Grande Village, was featured on Oprah recently as part of a “Your OWN Show” contest.

Arad entered the contest last June, along with 15,000 other people who competed to win their own show on Oprah’s new network. And while she wasn’t named a finalist, a clip of Arad flashed up on the screen for a few seconds when the show aired Dec. 30.

Her business specializes in changeable home décor products, from furniture to pillows. The clip shows Arad kneeling next to one of her sofas as she says, “I’m always looking for new ways to create and change my home’s décor.”

Chameleon will celebrate its 14th anniversary Feb. 14. The clip can be seen on Arad’s website at www.chameleonstyle.com.

Library benefit

The Grover Beach Community Library’s major fundraising event — the annual Valentine’s Swing Dance — is set for Feb. 14.

Proceeds will go to the annual cost of operation for the nonprofit, including rent, utilities, supplies and maintenance.

The dance is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grover City Grange Hall, 370 S. 13th St. The informal event will include a gourmet barbecued hamburger dinner (vegetarian option available) and root beer float; beer and wine will also be available.

The library is located at 240 N. Ninth St. Tickets cost $20 each. For tickets or to make a donation, call Nan Fowler at 489-7510 or Claire Gates at 489-8221.

Cynthia Lambert and Gayle Cuddy write the South County Beat column on alternating Wednesdays. Reach Cynthia Lambert at 781-7929. Stayupdated by following @SouthCountyBeat on Twitter.