CENTERVILLE -- It's a party and a volunteer opportunity all rolled into one.
The South Davis Cultural Arts Association is hosting a kickoff event for its RAP (Recreation, Arts and Parks) information campaign on Sept. 29 at noon on the site of the proposed South Davis Performing Arts Center, 550 North and 400 West in Centerville.
Several local entertainers will take the stage as guests enjoy free food and the chance to get their questions answered about what the RAP tax might mean to them. The event is free and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
"We're kicking off the RAP initiative mainly to educate the public on the great benefits this small tax will bring to the community," said Shelley Davies, a volunteer member of the South Davis Cultural Arts Association. "We're excited to see it come to pass."
Under a tent designed to protect attendees from either sun or bad weather, the event will kick off with an introduction of the RAP program by Centerville Mayor Ronald Russell. Then the mayors of all the cities participating in the program will be introduced, which include Bountiful, Woods Cross and West Bountiful.
Then an entire series of local entertainers will take the stage. Students from Centerville Jr. High will perform scenes from "High School Musical," and Broadway vet Holly Samuelson will sing. Samuelson performed as Fantine in "Les Miserables." Other performers will include a children's musical number from "Suessical" as well as local favorites including Dave Hill, Gloria Naylor, and Dave Peterson.
A model of the South Davis Regional Theater will be on display at the event, side-by-side with a cake version made by Diane Jensen that will be served to guests.
Association members will be on hand to answer questions about the theater, as well as giving away buttons, lawn signs and information pamphlets about RAP. The group will also be offering volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping out with the RAP campaign.
The RAP tax would add one tenth of 1 percent to the current sales tax rate, which would equal an additional penny for every $10 spent.
Part of the money would go toward building a regional theater for the south end of Davis County, while the other part of the money would go to a variety of city-specific projects.