Tonto Concert Group Presents ‘American Spirit’

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The Tonto Community Concert Association, in conjunction with Live On Stage, Inc. presents the musical “American Spirit,” as the 2011-2012 concert season continues.

Award-winning show producer Matt Davenport Productions will present its newest touring show, “American Spirit” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The production will feature a soloist from Payson High School and members of the Payson Choral Society.

Concertgoers are encouraged to show their own American spirit by wearing red, white and blue attire to this unique event.

Initially inspired by the 10-year anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the “American Spirit” show concept developed by writers Matt Davenport and Scott Seidl has evolved into a montage of the moments, memories and music that embody the “American Spirit.”

More than a patriotic show, this fully costumed and choreographed production show, with a cast of 10 performers, will take the audience down memory lane through eyes of a slightly befuddled Mayor of Hometown, USA remembering the American Revolution, Civil War, jazz, Broadway, spirituals and more — America’s heroes on the battlefield and ball field rubbing elbows with entertainers and politicians alike.

“I saw something in my friends and neighbors that I recognize as uniquely American in the days and weeks after that infamous day, we wanted to put that pride — that shared history — at center stage,” says Davenport.

Matt Davenport Productions has produced award-winning shows across the United States since 1992.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is committed to bringing quality entertainment to the Rim Country through an annual concert series and support of the fine arts in Payson schools.

This series is intended as an enriching cultural experience for the people of Payson and those in surrounding communities.

Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and youth, grade 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

For more information visit the association Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

The remaining 2011-2012 TCCA season will include:

• The Water Coolers, 7 p.m., Friday, March 16 — With original music and parodies of familiar songs, on-point material about life and work, and superior comedy writing, this cast of five New York City comics and singers, with piano accompaniment, celebrates the insanity of everyday life.

Each performance is a high-energy, hilarious session of song and sketch comedy, kept fresh by the ever-changing challenges of modern life. The Water Coolers turn headaches and hassles into hilarity.

• The American Tenors, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19 — Formed in 2002, The American Tenors have delighted audiences across the United States and Europe with their captivating show.

As individuals, Marcus McConico, Nathan Granner and Ben Gulley boast impressive credentials, having accumulated an array of awards and performed in opera and theater productions from Italy to Hawaii.

Accompanied by piano, their clear, buoyant voices join to enthrall and inspire audiences.

The American Tenors truly represent “a new generation in American singing.”

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