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Audrey Johnson

 

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:00 am

When Audrey Johnson attended youth theater productions, anyone there could easily identify her, according to her friend Allyson Primack. Johnson was easily the most enthusiastic member of the audience, known for a loud “woo woo!” she gave for kids on stage. When Johnson died last November from cancer at age 56, seven theaters honored her by dimming their lights.

Primack now works with the Audrey Johnson Theatre Foundation, created in honor of her friend’s passion. The foundation’s goal is to ensure that all children in Arizona, regardless of their financial situation, have the opportunity to experience live theater. Through the foundation’s website, theaters can provide tickets to nonprofit organizations, which can then give the tickets to needy children and families. The foundation will also offer spots with acting camps and workshops. Anyone can apply for a placement, though selection is need-based.

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