‘Music Man’ proceeds to be donated to relief efforts in New York, Washington


    By Noelle Lau

    When the house lights dim the stars of Springville”s community theater shine bright.

    In its final weekend of performances, students can still enjoy “The Music Man,” at The Villa, in Springville.

    The cast, along with the board of trustees, has decided to join forces with the local fire department to aid in the relief of last week”s tragedy.

    A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the families of the firefighters and emergency medical technician personnel that were killed in the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

    “Local firefighters will be at all three performances to take any additional donations for the families of the victims,” said Scott Tarbit, president-elect of the board of trustees. “Having them there will also be a great way for us to honor them for the work that they do.”

    Wendy Asay, a member of the cast and part-time dance faculty member at BYU, said that she believes donating the proceeds is a great way to get Springville involved.

    “I think it is such a good idea to donate the proceeds of the show to the families of the victims,” said Laurel Asay, 18, a freshman and an aspiring music dance theater major. “It shows that we care and that America is truly great.”

    Asay said she is pleased at the Villa”s attempts to “broaden its horizons and up the quality of the theater on all levels.”

    She said she hopes the theater will continue to be something the whole valley can be proud of.

    The Villa, a quaint theatre originally built in 1938, is home to the Villa Institute for the Performing Arts, a non-profit educational and charitable institution catering to the surrounding Springville community.

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