Sayre musician Mark Thurston will debut his latest project Monday at the Sayre Theatre during a premiere event that gives back to the community.

The public is invited to attend the video's premiere, with doors opening at 5 p.m. In addition to the video for Thurston's song "When You Return to Me," a short documentary highlighting the process of making the video will also play.

Thurston plans to donate proceeds from merchandise sales at the event to the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, which operates the Sayre Theatre as well as the Keystone Theatre in Towanda and the Rialto Theatre in Canton. Those attending are also invited to bring canned goods to be donated to the Sayre Salvation Army food pantry, Thurston said.

The premiere event - complete with a red carpet created by Thurston's wife - will also serve as a celebration for the local assistance Thurston received with the video. Members of the Athens Area High School drama club, the Athens Student Actors Guild, appear in the video. Scenes were shot in several locations throughout the Valley area.

"It was great to work with the students," Thurston said.

Thurston decided to make a video for the song, featured on his solo album "Believer," because he wanted to spread the song's message of unconditional love.

Like much of Thurston's work, "When You Return to Me" has a Christian base, he said. However, the message of finding comfort in the open arms of a friend or family member is relatable to all.

Thurston hopes the premiere will help to promote his message while being "a lot of fun," he said.

Following the premiere, Thurston will make the video available online, he said.

In addition to his work as a solo musician, Thurston plays with bands around the Valley and has a small recording studio in Athens, M&N Studios.

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