‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ is sold out, but music lovers can still donate to the Daryle Rustvold MusicForLife Scholarship Foundation
Every day, Beacock Music helps to create the sound of a community.
From its beginnings in the 1970s, Beacock has been a key component of music in education in Clark County, with its instruments and instruction.
In recent years, Beacock Music has also gone into musical theater. For a great cause, too.
Beacock Music is raising funds for its scholarship program through community theater. This year’s show: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
The production opened last week and will hold more shows this weekend at the Beacock Music Theatre on the second floor of Beacock Music’s instrument store in east Vancouver. All shows were sold out well in advance, but those who love music can still donate to the Daryle Rustvold MusicForLife Scholarship Foundation.
“You don’t ever really see a music store putting on a production like this,” said Ryan Kotrlik, sound technician for the show and also a store manager. “The fact that we’re able to take the time and put a lot of energy and a lot of effort into this, it gives a great opportunity for the community to come out and see the show. And it’s going for a good cause, as well.
“It’s all about community music.”
That has been Beacock’s mission for decades: music and community.
The scholarship provides for exploration and growth in music through learning opportunities for all ages, according to a release provided by Beacock Music. Rustvold was an avid learner and lover of music who began studying classical guitar in the 1970s. He was part of a musical group that produced CDs, and proceeds of the sales went to help the homeless in Clark County.
He experienced significant hearing loss from his years working in a mill, but his love for music was more powerful than that loss. He continued playing guitar, and he always encouraged and supported arts education.
Rustvold worked often with Beacock Music in his pursuit of his passion for music.
His daughters have established the scholarship with Beacock Music in his memory.
One of the fundraisers for the scholarship is an annual musical. This year, Beacock went with this salute to the Peanuts gang.
“This is one of my favorite shows,” said Tony Bump, the director. “I’ve played Charlie myself a few times. It’s just a fun, sweet show. The music is great.”
That is what the performers are here for, the music.
“It’s been my whole life. I have been a singer all my life,” Bump said. “My grandmother wanted me to play baseball, and I could not do it. Finally we figured out I could sing.”
Janet Lindsley used to work at Beacock Music years ago, and Beacock has been a big help in her passion. Lindsley opened a music-centered preschool 15 years ago in Vancouver. Mini Mozarts is still going strong.
“It is furthering my love of music, but fostering it in really young children,” Lindsley said.
This month, Lindsley is “Lucy” on stage for Beacock Music.
Shane Kingston Magargal moved to Vancouver about five years ago, and he quickly learned how important Beacock Music is to the artistic community. Kingston Magargal is playing Charlie Brown.
“This has been a lifelong passion for me,” he said of music. “I got involved with Beacock last year. Doing this for the scholarship to promote music education is such a great cause, and we just have a blast doing it.”
Don Nelson is one of the musicians in the show. He spent his career teaching music in Evergreen Public Schools. He knows the value of music in education.
“My whole career was involved, one way or another, in music,” Nelson said. “My father was a musician. I play his instruments.”
Kingston Magargal said businesses such as Beacock Music are key to the success of the arts. Beacock’s community outreach is a way to start a love for music that can last a lifetime.
To donate to the Daryle Rustvold MusicForLife Scholarship Foundation, go to: https://www.beacockmusic.com/p-72116-donation-to-the-daryle-rustvold-musicforlife-scholarship.aspx
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