Tryouts being held for special Oneida Stake Academy musical

Tryouts were held Thursday and more will be held Saturday for a new musical with the title “If These Walls Could Talk.” The tryouts are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairview Idaho LDS Church house.

The musical, to be staged in August, will be a fundraiser for restoration of the Oneida Stake Academy constructed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1895 in Preston, Idaho.

Neisha Seamons, a major force behind the restoration project, said fundraising is continuing and just recently an anonymous donor brought in another $110,000.

“These academies built by the church did a huge service in educating the people in the West, huge,” Seamons says. “They educated a lot of people and gave them a very good education where they were able to go out into the world and (have) done some very wonderful things.

“This academy is exceptional among that. It produced two prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and produced dozens of philanthropists.”

On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday, Seamons said among the alumni of the Oneida Stake Academy were Ezra Taft Benson and Harold B. Lee, both presidents of the LDS Church. She said fundraising will continue and hopefully the restoration will be completed soon so the elegant building will open for public use.

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