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Park Avenue Theater holds benefit show

It's always fun to see a band get back together, but it might be even more fun when local students reunite for a benefit concert.

Park Avenue Theater is assembling actors who have been in the theater's productions, some of whom started out there as college students for a benefit concert on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Joanne Robertson, director of the theater, said this is the fourth year for a benefit concert which she says began as an opportunity to get the kids who have been in past performances together again as well as college students who are back for the summer.

"It serves kind of as a reunion for the kids," she said, calling it a "fun way to get everybody back together again."

Robertson said she gets a kick out of watching the kids having fun together, seeing them go from working on the songs they are rehearsing to reminiscing and reconnecting.

She spoke of the concert's director, Debbie Place, who is also Park Avenue Theater's music director. Robertson said Place is the person who makes the benefit concert happen by choosing the music and making sure there's a nice mix of songs. Robertson said Place works hard and does a beautiful job in choosing fun, serious,

classic and contemporary pieces, noting that the show runs the musical spectrum.

There are also the vocalists, who Robertson said are phenomenal and "their interpretations of the songs are fully realized and feel like you're watching a scene from a play."

Robertson said the show's proceeds benefit future programs for Park Avenue Theater and mentioned that she is looking forward to the production of Annie Jr. in February. While she doesn't have an idea as to how much is going to be raised from the concert, Robertson said she'll be absolutely grateful for whatever amount is made.

The concert will be on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., at 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $15 at the door, with ages 18 and under free.

For more information, visit or call Robertson at 928-445-4536 ext. 112.

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.


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