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'Opening Act' screening brings in $2k for youth project

The local celebrities arrived early to RoadHouse Cinemas for last Thursday's red carpet screening of Linda Chorney's documentary "The Opening Act."

At the carpet's end — yes, there really was a red carpet leading to the patio reception area — actors, musicians, mariachi and VIPs stopped to pose for picture's with Chorney, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and, now, documentary filmmaker. They nibbled on treats, sampled tequila and mingled with the film's stars and other VIPs before watching the documentary that chronicles the making of Chorney's "The Cantina" music video. 

Proceeds from the event — $2,000 was raised — benefitted the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson, which is teaming up with Chorney on a youth theatre project.  Boys & Girls Club program director Karin Malbrough said the young participants will work with Chorney to create a music theater work that they will perform for the public early next year. 

“We were originally hoping to expose the kids to something like 'West Side Story' and then adapt it to life in Tucson," Malbrough said, adding that the licensing costs were prohibitive.

Instead, with Chorney in the lead, the kids will create their own play from start to stage.

It will be “super free form, youth led and definitely leveraging the experience (Chorney) brings and the passion she brings," Malbrough said.

About 60 people attended the May 26 fundraising screening, filling one of RoadHouse Cinemas' theaters, said Melissa Royer, Boys & Girls Club marketing and communications director.

The Boys & Girls Club, which operates six clubhouses throughout Tucson, will host a big fundraising event for its youth arts programs in November. To learn more, click here.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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