The recently established nonprofit corporation, Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee, Inc., would like to announce its first two events scheduled for mid-December. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a one-act play by Barbara Robinson, will be presented Dec. 14-16 at the First Congregational Church on Lantana Road. An evening of holiday favorites with jazz vocalist and saxophonist Liz Johnson will be held Saturday night, Dec. 15, at the Palace Theatre.

Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee, Inc. was formed by co-incorporators Debbie Mendenhall and Patty Payne along with invaluable support from Denise Martin, Alice Payne and musical consultant Marian Sullivan.

Debbie Mendenhall states, “The mission of the Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee is to endeavor to make readily available and affordable to the citizens of our community in rural Tennessee, an extensive array of performing artists in order to expose, enrich, educate and entertain while providing performance opportunities and support to talented performing artists. We would like to bring all types of performing artists to this area from storytellers to opera singers…from dancers to comedians and everything in between.”

“We are in the process of making exciting plans for future events in Crossville, Cumberland County, and surrounding rural Tennessee counties,” says Patty Payne. “We want to do community theater productions, weekday lunchtime concerts, weekend evening full-length concerts. We will be planning events that will feature and focus on children and senior adults from our communities each year. We hope to use several area venues such as the Palace Theatre for these productions. We also have ideas for workshops and developing in-school programs.”

To learn more about the Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee, Inc. plan to attend one or both of its holiday events or visit the Web site at www.performingartsalliance.org.