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Metro Valley Players, Inc. (MVP) is a new Chandler nonprofit community theatre mounting its fi rst show with a fundraiser this month.

“Curtains Up – A Musical Revue” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fri., June 17; 8:30 p.m. Sat., June 18; and 7:30 p.m. Sun., June 19 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center’s Cotton Room at 745 E. Germann Rd. in Southern Chandler. Songs

include “Maybe This Time” from “Cabaret;” “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from “Jesus Christ Superstar;” “Home” from “The Wiz;” as well as show tunes from lesser known productions. Tickets are $15 each plus an online service fee.

There will also be a fundraiser for the new group, which has obtained 501(c)(3) status, at 7:30 p.m. June 18, prior to the show. There will be appetizers, a wine tasting with the cast members of the Revue and a silent auction with movie posters, limited DVD sets, products and services from local merchants and more prior to exclusive seating at the Saturday night performance for $50.

Some of the performers will be at the Downtown Chandler Art Walk at 6 p.m. Fri., June 17 to sing a few songs from the show.

According to MPV’s website, its mission is “to provide the citizens of Chandler with the opportunity to engage in a meaningful cultural experience through observation; and to provide a comfortable and respectful experience for performers and artists through participation and education.”

“Metro Valley Players was formed to bring STSN photo

community theatre to Chandler. Frankly, I was surprised to discover

NEW TROUPE: Members of Metro Valley Players take a break during rehearsal for “Curtains Up,” a show to be mounted June 17-19 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center.

that there was no community theatre in a city of this size,” says West Chandler’s Wayne J. Peck, president of the MPV board of directors, a seasoned performer and an attorney with Maricopa County who has experience representing a nonprofi t theatre company as well as other behind-the-scenes positions. “[This production] brings our dream to reality and begins what we hope will be a long relationship with the people of Chandler.” Peck says they were “fl oored” during auditions for “Curtains Up,” which attracted about 20 performers. “The singing level is unbelievable,” he notes. “We are

confi dent we will make a favorable fi rst impression.” His daughter, Marisa Peck, a Chandler school teacher and ASU graduate who is also MVP’s vice president for artistic matters, has been involved in community theatre for more than 15 years as a performer, member of the stage crew, props mistress and costumer. Other board members include Dr. John Kohli, secretary, who brings a combination of business and performance skills including budget planning, staff and volunteer coordination and

marketing; Todd C. Leveen, treasurer, who currently works as senior vice president at the Biltmore Bank of Arizona, also has an educational background in theatre with experience in improvisation and speech; Karen Person, a Wall Street veteran with a nationally syndicated TV show MONEYVIEW, is also a lyricist, jingle composer and singer with SAG, AFTRA, Actors Equity

and BMI affi liations; Katrina Sanders, chair of the MVP Fundraising, Education and Volunteers committees, is a registered dental hygienist working at a private practice in Scottsdale. She has worked both on and offstage with multiple theatre companies including Soulstice Theatre, Greendale Community Theatre and Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre.

The production is sponsored by Renaissance Entertainment & Media Group, LLC, a Nevada Limited Liability Company specializing in the discovery and development of feature fi lms, video, television, theatrical and musical productions which supports several 501(c)(3) organizations, including the Astronaut Scholarship Fund (ASF) and Sustain Hawaii. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as the policy of Tumbleweed Recreation Center prevents the collection of money onsite. Show tickets may be purchased online at, and fundraiser tickets may be purchased by PayPal at the company’s website at by clicking on Events, by emailing or calling 480-455-7199.

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