Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2004

Talent show to benefit Lumberyard Arts Center

March 18, 2004

Six Baldwin High School students are in search of some talented community members.

"If you have a talent, bring it," Derek Flory said.

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The high school students are sponsoring the first-ever benefit Panoply Talent Show 7 p.m. March 26 at Rice Auditorium as a fundraiser for the Lumberyard Arts Center.

Juniors Dustin Commons, Dylan Hay and Flory and seniors Angie Bacon, Karrie Potter and Kelsey Schiller are organizing the community talent show in an effort to raise money for the arts center project.

But in order to have a successful fundraising talent show, the students said they need help from the community.

"We're wanting to get the community talent show going to get everyone involved in this," Flory said.

The students are still looking for all types of acts for Panoply. Final auditions for the talent show will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at BHS.

The students want to see a variety of acts, and encouraged anyone with any sort of talent to audition for Panoply, especially since the name of the talent show means splendid or impressive array.

"Anybody can do this," Commons said. "We want to get everyone involved."

There's even a little incentive for those participating. The talent show will feature four competitive categories -- elementary, junior high, high school and adult -- and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each one. Judges will include representatives from a music academy and a talent agency.

The students said the talent show acts will only comprise half of the support they're needing for the fundraiser.

"Even if you don't want to participate in the show, you can still come and watch and benefit the arts center," Commons said.

Admission for Panoply is $5, and all of the money collected will be donated to the arts center fund.

"Every little bit makes a difference," Flory said.

In addition to benefiting a good cause, Schiller said, those who attend the show, which will feature Kansas Representative Tom Holland as one of the emcees, should also have a good time.

"It will just be really fun to watch," she said.

Those who can't attend Monday's audition, can send tapes of their acts to Sally Hoffsommer-Brecheisen in care of the Baldwin High School, P.O. Box 67.

Those with questions can contact Hay at (785) 766-3038.

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