Live theater is back with an annual talent show returning to the Kiski Area School District.
The Kiski Area’s annual Key Club Talent Show will showcase student talent with a variety show on Friday.
All proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by the Key Club, will be used for the high school’s spring production of “Shrek: The Musical.”
Jason McGuire, a 2021 Kiski Area graduate, was disappointed when last year’s show was canceled due to the pandemic, so Key Club co-advisor Terra Shreffler recruited him to help with the production.
“When I reached out to him about coming back, he was so excited and wanted to help promote the show,” Shreffler said.
The talent show will last approximately two hours and will feature more than a dozen performances from K-12 students.
Kiski area senior Shannon Brown volunteered to lead the talent show. Brown would later play Fiona, a main character in “Shrek: The Musical”.
She said seeing the happy faces of everyone who wanted to do this show is gratifying, especially after missing out last year.
Sarah Musser said audiences can expect to be entertained by a variety of acts, including a kindergartener demonstrating their karate skills.
“It’s adorable,” Musser said. “And there’s a hula hooper; and a child will play a bunch of separate instruments to compile a musical performance.
Kiski Area music director Robert Capanna said he was grateful for the anticipated donation. He said the pandemic forced a postponement and possible cancellation of their 2020 musical.
Production on “Legally Blonde” halted barely a week after opening night, with the 2020 music budget already spent.
Capanna said some of the costs were withheld in the account and could be applied to future shows, and many sponsors generously told the production to keep their advertising money.
“So we promised to put their ads in the program this year, which means a little less ad money this year, and two years of no ticket sales has taken a toll on our budget,” Capanna said. “…Donations like this from the Key Club Talent Show are hugely appreciated.”
Superintendent Misty Slavic will be one of the judges. She pointed out that a solid education is more than academics.
“Education is about teaching students to express themselves in various art forms, athletics, music, and through additional activities that allow them to experience success and growth,” Slavic said.
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