All of a sudden, it is March! We are just over a quarter away from watching our Prescott High School seniors graduate on their brand new field as the sun sets over Thumb Butte. It is also a reflective time for the Prescott Unified School District (PUSD,) as the Governing Board recently held an all-day meeting to review the upcoming budget and to dig in to the PUSD strategic plan. Principals and leaders work in a continuous cycle of reviewing and revising this “road map” for the work that we do for kids.
I am very excited about some upcoming events as we continue to focus on ways to get our community onto our school campuses, and specifically into our theaters to celebrate the talents of not only our students, but also our many local and even nationally known performing artists. I want to remind you that these are community schools; they are your buildings and we want our community to use and enjoy these spaces that we created together as a community. Come join us.
I have really enjoyed working with Prescott’s Raven Productions on making Mile High Middle School’s Hendrix Auditorium a viable venue for national acts. The Raven Crew loved the space from the first time they saw it and have worked with us in getting it cleaned up to give it a whirl. Our facilities crew has put a whole new focus on this 1939 room where the community once met to watch the latest World War II reels. The Raven Productions team was interested in bringing in national acts while giving back to our student musicians and programs, and will be working with the PUSD Education Foundation as a beneficiary. On April 4, the legendary Del McCoury Band will pilot this venue, with the hopes of bringing many more in the future. Buy your tickets at www.ravenpresents.com. If we fill the place, more will come!
You have likely heard about our Ruth Street Theater Project (RSTP), which has been in the works for over a year. The Ruth Street Theater (RST) is our full-service, professional theater at Prescott High School. The RSTP motto is, “Performing Arts By the Community, For the Community.” This is a culmination of many local artists collaborating to make the our theater an attractive and affordable venue both for our local artists and our local performing arts fans. This group also has an ultimate interest in giving back to young artists, including student music scholarships and upgrades to the theater. The sky’s the limit as tickets begin to sell! The RSTP will be creating full “seasons” of performances at the theater, covering genres from instrumental to choral music, dance, theater and more.
It all begins on April 19, at the Ruth Street Theater Season Kickoff. At this once in a lifetime event sponsored by Findlay Buick GMC, the first RSTP “season” of events will be announced. Start off with outdoor appetizers provided by the one and only El Gato Azul. At 3 p.m., the vision of the project will be shared with the crowd in between great local acts like: Prescott Chorale, AZ Philharmonic Recital Series, Saxy, The Cross-Eyed Possum, Yavapai College Dance and the Goodwin Street Gang. This will be a celebration of the seasons to come. You do not want to miss this first-ever “launch” of something wonderful for our community. Our goal is to sell out our 700 seats in the RST. Tickets will go fast! Look for tickets to go on sale March 1 at www.prescottschools.com.