A double benefit performance featuring both music and comedy, as well as a talents mother and daughter, will take The Playhouse stage Friday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open 7:15 p.m. at 107 Church St.

Gabi Van Horn, who lives and performs in New York City, grew up in Freedom and played many characters at The Playhouse. She will bring fellow members of comedy improv company Shirts and Skins to Belfast. Also performing will be Waldo County Fado trio Tremolino. Tremolino made its debut at The Playhouse last year and singer Leslie Stein is Van Horn’s mother.

Shirts and Skins improv comics include Van Horn, Gavin Killea, Mark Ford, Julia Hamilton, Marjorie Schwartz, Justin Fuller and Matt Swett. Some met at Van Horn’s performing arts alma mater, The Hartt School, some in New York City, some in Connecticut; all are now stationed in the Big Apple.

In addition to Stein, Tremolino features guitarist Jim MacDonald and instrumentalist Chris Marshall. Portuguese Fado, said to be the oldest urban folk music in the world, creates passionate and soulful song with mournful tunes and lyrics that follows a traditional structure. Tremolino’s repertoire also includes songs from Spain, Greenwich Village and other exotic locales.

Van Horn has been appearing in Off-Off-Broadway productions while falling in love with improv. She said she has never forgotten her Playhouse roots and working with director Mary Weaver.

“The Playhouse will always hold a wonderfully special place in my heart. Doing this benefit brings back all the great life and acting lessons I still remember,” she said.

Requested donation is $20, and there will be a reception after the performance for audience members to meet the musicians and clowns. The Playhouse is an intimate theater with limited seating; call 338-5777 for reservations.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.