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Prizery helpers promote new season

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Volunteers prepare a mass mailing to 2,000 patrons and friends.
SoVaNow.com / August 22, 2019
Monday was a busy morning at The Prizery as a handful of volunteers began work around 10:30 a.m. stuffing letters and rack cards into envelopes, all part of a mass mailing to 2,000 patrons asking for their ongoing support of the performing arts center.

The purpose of the campaign is two-fold: to raise money for the Community Arts Center Foundation, parent organization of The Prizery, and spread the word about the upcoming 2019-20 season of entertainment. The first event arrives Sept. 6 — “the Art of the Cocktail,” a cocktail mixing contest with food provided by Smok’n Butts (dinners available for purchase separately) and dancing to the sounds of DJ Strange. The Friday night cocktail mixer party runs from 6-10 p.m.

Also in September, The Prizery will welcome country band Mountain Heart in concert on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and later in the fall, mystery dinner theatre returns with “Murder at the Pie Auction,” a madcap comedy featuring an auction, murder, and pie. The dinner theatre is a two-night affair, with shows Oct. 18 and 19.

The new season comes on the heels of The Prizery’s 10th anniversary Summer Theatre, featuring performances of a pair of Broadway musical hits, Mary Poppins and Mamma Mia! The buzz about the summer performances carried over Monday as volunteers expressed why they decided to come in for a day of stuffing envelopes and other chores associated with the mass mailing campaign.

The Prizery “is such a special offering for the community,” said Beth Robertson of Halifax, who added that she and others continue to rave about the Summer Theatre shows. “I am still talking about it with all of my friends!”

Others offered similar sentiments: “I have been a volunteer for the past 10 years. I’m here to help!” said Stephanie Flowers.

With a smile on her face, Marcia Mosby said, “I’m a fan of the wonderful Prizery!”

Said Edna Guthrie, “I love to support The Prizery in any way I can help.”

“I volunteer because I want to help support our community and hope more of the community will join in,” Helen Dunavant said.

In addition to its regular lineup of concerts, stage performances and other shows, The Prizery offers a range of arts education opportunities for young and old in the community — from family art days to youth theatre programs to violin and guitar lessons. The Robert Cage Gallery is a popular venue for exhibiting works by visual artists, hailing from Southside Virginia and the world at large. Finally, The Prizery has been a big part of an ever-growing number of young people deciding to go into the arts as a career, whether as an actor or singer on the stage, or backstage in technical or production roles.

Angela Townes-Yancey, The Prizery’s managing director, said even with the mass mailing, The Prizery has the challenge ahead of letting people know about everything going on there: “There is so much happening, we couldn’t fit it all on the new rack cards.”

To become part of The Prizery’s widening circle of supporters, you can visit the website, http://www.prizery.com, and donate using the secure link available on the home page. Or make a check to The Prizery and mail it to the address: The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592. All donations are fully tax deductible.

To order season tickets, or reserve seats for individual shows, go to prizery.com or call the box office at 434-572-8339.



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