IVINS — Cast members of this year’s Tuacahn Broadway in the Desert shows will break character Saturday for a special concert aimed at raising funds for the Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters or INKAS – a nonprofit group with a mission to support the needs of the animals at the Ivins Animal Shelter.
Now in its sixth year, the “Mutts and Music” concert will showcase the talents of Tuacahn cast members as they take the stage in the Indoor Hafen Theater to perform their favorite numbers from an array of Broadway-style musicals and beyond.
Money raised from the benefit concert will help ensure the many needs of the animals at the Ivins Animal Shelter are met. Needs such as veterinarian care, supplies, training, socializing and grooming.
The group recently helped with an improvement to the facility to give the dogs at the shelter more room to play outside, said Kim Rubel, vice president of the Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters.
The Ivins Animal Shelter is truly a no-kill shelter, Ivins Animal Shelter Director Aggie Smith said in a previous interview with St. George News. The facility relies heavily on the volunteer and fundraising efforts of INKAS to help provide for the needs of the animals while they are in the care of the shelter.
And it is all done with an eye toward finding these animals their forever home.
To that end, many of the adoptable pets will make an appearance at “Mutts and Music” either on stage or before the show where guests can meet or see photos of the animals waiting to be adopted.
This year’s concert will feature a special guest doggie who is about to have a very special job.
“Part of that program is, is going to be the swearing in ceremony of the newly appointed ‘Officer Stitch’ who is going to become a canine mascot of the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department,” Rubel said.
Stitch is a full-blooded rat terrier who was rescued. Stitch had a broken leg and was pulled from a kill shelter. His leg was fixed and that is how he got his name, Rubel said, because he had so many stitches.
The appointment of Officer Stitch as a canine mascot for the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department was inspired by the St. George Police Department’s Sgt. Peanut who spends his days at dispatch as mascot extraordinaire and comfort dog.
Feedback from the St. George Police Department about their canine mascot has been very positive, Rubel said, so the Ivins N0-Kill Animal Supporters decided the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department needed one to.
At “Mutts and Music,” Officer Stitch will display his training and receive a bone-shaped certificate officially appointing him as an honorary “muttette” in the Santa Clara-Ivins Police.
“Mutts and Music” will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Tuacahn Indoor Hafen Theater, 1100 Tuacahn Drive in Ivins. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children.
For more information about Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters or to view adoptable pets, visit their website.
- What: “Mutts and Music” benefit concert
- When: Saturday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m.
- Where: Tuacahn’s Indoor Hafen Theater, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins
- Admission: Adults $15, kids $5
- Payment method: Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Donations appreciated
- Resources: Event flyer | Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters
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