Holiday musical shows benefit charity group

2013-12-19T00:00:00Z Holiday musical shows benefit charity groupSubmitted By Shelley Shelton Interfaith Community Services Arizona Daily Star

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The coming weekend brings a slate of festive New York-style musical entertainment for all ages, and it all benefits the nonprofit social services agency Interfaith Community Services, 2820 W. Ina Road.

First up, the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W. Calle Concordia , is halfway through its run of the Christmas musical “Hope is Born,” which kicked off last weekend with five performances and has another six scheduled this Friday through Sunday.

The free, hourlong show features music and drama complete with an electric light parade and 100 percent chance of snow. Performances are at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday and at 3 and 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. No reservations are necessary; doors open an hour before the show begins.

The church will collect a freewill offering that will be contributed to ICS.

For a taste of Radio City, head up to SaddleBrooke or over to Centennial Hall to catch a performance of the Tucson Dance Academy’s “Spirit of Christmas” dance and variety extravaganza that is part Radio City Rockettes spectacular, part musical theater production.

Choreographed by former Rockette Tammy Booth, this family friendly show features a cast of more than 100 dancers and singers, festive costumes and staging, and high-stepping kick lines and performance numbers that exude the joy of the season.

The Tucson Dance Academy has designated that a portion of the proceeds from the shows will benefit ICS. Saturday performances take place at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at SaddleBrooke’s Desert View Performing Arts Center, 38735 S. MountainView Blvd.  Tickets to these shows are $25 in advance (tickets.saddlebrooketwo.com) and $30 at the door, but there is no guarantee of availability at the door.

There’s one Sunday performance, at 3 p.m. at Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus. Ticket prices range from $33 to $39, and tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. UA garage parking is free on weekends.

ICS provides food, job-search help and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and mobilizes volunteers to help seniors and disabled individuals with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls and visits, and health and safety referrals.

ICS offers support by connecting 650 volunteers and 74 faith communities with the community’s most vulnerable residents. From nutritious food to health evaluations to a ride to the doctor’s office, ICS helps more than 33,000 people a year.

ICS has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating four years in a row for its fiscal responsibility and best practices. The organization has offices on the northwest side at 2820 W. Ina Road and on the east side at 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail.

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