Bits 'n' Pieces: Christian Youth Theater is his outlet




Bethany Larson first discovered Christian Youth Theater in 1998 while living in Spokane. She saw it as a way to give her son Levi, then 6, an outlet to sing and act. “We just knew it was the thing for him,” she said.

Now 18, Levi is getting ready for his final performance in the group’s upcoming production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” After the production, Levi will be too old for Christian Youth Theater productions.

Larson and her family moved back to Clark County in June 2001, when she set about starting a local outpost for the children’s theater group in an effort to let Levi continue exploring his creative side.

The following fall, Levi made his debut in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Over the following decade, Larson, 43, became the local group’s area and marketing director, and summer camp manager. Levi became involved in more than 30 productions, either as a cast or crew member.

Levi is currently attending Clark College, where he has about one year of studies left. Following that, he wants to move on to a four-year school and major in advertising or graphic design.

Larson has enjoyed seeing her son grow with the program over the past 10 years. “It’s been really exciting,” she said. “I think that’s a neat thing, for him to recognize his strengths and go for it, and then to give 100 percent in whatever part he gets.”

Designer with Vancouver ties settles into Portland studio

After a year in his new location, former Vancouver resident and current Portland fashion designer Adam Arnold is finally beginning to feel settled in.

Last January, Arnold, a 1990 Hudson’s Bay High School graduate, moved his studio and store about six blocks to its new home at 338 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.

The new space is about three times as large as his previous spot, Arnold said. He shared his old location with another person, but this one is all his.

“There’s so much more space and great light, and it’s cool to be in a building as old as this,” he said of the historic property.

Currently the shop is open by appointment only, but Arnold might start keeping regular hours after Portland’s street car line expands near his shop in the fall.

Arnold, 38, makes made-to-measure clothes and designs two collections a year. He plans to have a show at his new location in mid-March, introducing his spring collection.

His spring and summer pieces are still in the design phase, but Arnold is enjoying experimenting with color and shape.

“I’m really craving bright colors right now,” he said. “I’ve been attracted to a lot of almost fluorescent red and blues but then paired with really dirty, muddy teals and navy blues.”

Most of Arnold’s clothing is very tailored, but for this collection he’s looking to do more with geometric forms. The clothes will still be wearable, though, he added.

To learn more about Arnold’s designs, as well as his studio and store, go to

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