PRESCOTT VALLEY- It’s easy enough for one to miss at first hand, a simple sign on open land next to the Prescott Valley Event Center with the iconic tragedy and comedy masks beside the numbers 3235. This sign marks the accomplishment of a dream fourteen years in the making for Clyde Neville, Executive Producer of Prescott Valley Performing Arts, a place the community theatre can call home for good.
“We’ve been a gypsy theatre for thirteen, fourteen years,” said Neville who mentioned the theatre has moved to a variety of different locations since its start. “Some people have a hard time finding us from time to time but they find their way back to us. Once we are here, we’ll have a place we can actually call home.”
Everything started when Neville talked with Brad Fain of the Fain Signature Group. After much discussion, the Fain Family donated the use of building in the Prescott Valley Entertainment District for the community theatre. The current space, which used to serve as the Arizona Sundogs' office space, seats eighty-four people and features a twenty-eight foot wide and fourteen foot deep stage.
Prescott Valley Performing Arts has called this place home for about a year, but Neville had a bigger dream from the beginning. Neville researched theaters across the county and figured out what would be best for the community. Neville brought a mission statement to The Fain Signature group who leased land next to the Prescott Valley Event Center in order for the Prescott Valley Performing Arts new home to be built.
“The Fains have taken an active part in the community in a lot different areas,” Neville said. “We thank them for that. They are an integral part of the community.”
In an email Brad Fain said,
"We are happy to see the performing arts expand in Prescott Valley and become a part of the Entertainment District," Fain said. As a family, we were glad that we could help make this dream become a reality for the playhouse. The Prescott Valley Performing Arts is a great addition as we work to continue to improve the offerings of the District and provide more opportunities for people to come for dining, shopping and entertainment as they take in the great mix of offerings all within walking distance."
After donations from the community, the project has been completely paid off to go along with generous interior donations from Home Depots across the area. Neville mentioned people have been asking if they can help in anyway whether it be more financial support or to volunteer in building the theatre, which is greatly accepted by Neville and Prescott Valley Performing Arts.
“Every trade has stepped forward,” Neville said. “It’s just wonderful the commitment that community sponsors are making on this. We’re really excited about getting started.”
Neville hopes ground will be broken in the next two weeks on the nearly six-thousand square foot building with a hopeful completion of six months in preparation for the opening of the 15th season featuring the show Mary Poppins. Neville mentioned the new theatre will have one-hundred-forty to one-hundred-seventy seats and feature a thirty-eight foot long and twenty-foot deep stage. Additionally, the new location will sport a mens and women’s dressing room, makeup rooms, a wardrobe area, production and storage room, along with a rehearsal space. Prescott Valley Performing Arts will also feature artwork in the lobby and a “Wall of Fame” for those who helped make the dream come true.
“A lot of people have dreams, but I have a way of making my dreams come true,” Neville said.
Neville is still looking for volunteers to help in whatever facet possible and urges those interested to call him at 928-583-4684.
Prescott Valley Performing Arts will wrap the 14th season in their current home with a children’s theatre production of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, beginning on May 5th and ending May 14th. The community theatre prides itself on being all inclusive and welcomes those at any age or experience to come be a part of the three categories of shows: children’s theatre (ages seventeen and under), main stage (ages eighteen and up) as well as family theatre which is for all ages.