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Prescott arts community loses two prominent theater members

With the recent passing of Larry Schader, the community lost one of the most prominent members of Prescott theater.

Schader, who died of lung cancer at age 80, came to Prescott in 1997.

He wrote and directed numerous children's plays for the Prescott Fine Arts Association family theater and historical melodramas for the Blue Rose Theater.

Schader last directed the Blue Rose Theatre production of "Midnight at Raven's Roost" last July at the Sharlot Hall Amphitheater.

Schader wrote the script about the characters in a Prescott boarding house in the 1880's and a loan shark that takes advantage of miners with high interest loan rates.

"I have never known a finer all-around theater man. He had quite an illustrious career in the theater and I am touched that a part of that was with the Blue Rose Theater," said Blue Rose Theater director Jody Drake.

Schader left two scripts that may be performed in the future said his wife Nancy.

The couple met in Tucson in 1959 when she was an usher at one of his children's plays.

They shared a love of the theater throughout their marriage.

Nancy Schader designed and painted the set for the upcoming production of "Marta of the Lowlands" at the Elks Opera House on Sunday, Feb. 20.

"Larry was one of the most gifted writers of drama for young adults," said Susan Carter Jackson, PFAA director from 1994-2000.

"The actors loved working for him," said Jackson.

"He had one of the most delicious senses of humor I've ever heard."

"It was a wonderful, dry sense of humor," said his wife Nancy.

"You couldn't tell if he was joking until he had you."

• Artists and the public will remember painter Wanda Zolman from 2-4 p.m. at the Prescott Fine Arts Gallery on April 9.

Despite the debilitating effects of Parkinson's and the loss of her voice, Zolman appeared shortly after her 90th birthday in December at the Southwestern Artists Guild meeting to demonstrate her colorful and expressionistic painting.

Despite suffering from Parkinson's disease since 1992, Zolman never gave up her desire to paint.

She switched hands and from oils to acrylics in order to continue painting.

"Wanda was a longtime member of art organizations in the tri-city area and supported them in many ways," said artist Bonnie Casey.

"She was admired for her courage and an inspiration to all the artists that knew her."

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