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(Courtesy Photo)

A few months ago, the Artesia Daily Press published a story about teens Sadie and Gavin Slusher, who appeared in a Missoula Children’s Theatre production hosted by the Artesia Arts Council in the summer of 2016.

This led to an invitation for the brother and sister to audition for Missoula’s Next Step Prep camp, a performing arts boarding school located at Missoula Children’s Theatre headquarters in Missoula, Mt. Sadie and Gavin sent in their auditions and in January were informed that they had been accepted to the camp.

Next Step Prep is a six-week program for students who are considering the performing arts as a major in college or as a career. It combines classroom instruction, private voice lessons, and specialty workshops, and is designed to give students the skills they need to prepare themselves for the performing arts. The camp is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and runs from mid-June through July.

Sadie and Gavin are now busy raising the needed tuition funds for attending the Next Step Prep camp and are currently selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts, candy bars, cotton candy, and Yankee Candles. Their father is raffling off a firearm, and the family has set up a GoFundMe account, as well: www.gofundme.com/next-step-prep-tuition-travel (this page also has a contact link if you’d like more information on the raffle or candle and goodie sales).

The family appreciates everyone’s support as Sadie and Gavin prepare for their next adventure — thank you!