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Students ooze talent at Paul Kane

Inaugural PK's got talent hits the stage on Thursday

By: Anna Borowiecki

  |  Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 06:00 am

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PK’s Got Talent
Thursday, May 22 doors 6 p.m., entertainment 6:30 p.m.
Paul Kane High
Tickets: $5 advance, $7 door. Call 780-780-459-4405

When it comes to variety shows, Paul Kane students have a knack for doing it all.

Over the years, they’ve delivered quite a few smart acts and a few that were a bit raw. But it’s their overwhelming enthusiasm and energy that inspires all.

So it’s no surprise that, when the inaugural PK’s Got Talent was formed this year, 18 acts signed up to strut their stuff. The diverse acts showcase dancing, singing, a dramatic reading and five bands from the school’s rock and pop program.

“What I’m excited about is seeing the talent. I’m often amazed at the quality of performance. I believe some could become professionals. And this is a nice community event that people could support,” said assistant principal Joanne Dodd.

Slated for Thursday, May 22 at Paul Kane High School, the talent show is a shared fundraiser for both the Grade 12 graduation committee and New Orleans groups in need of assistance.

The genesis for this fundraiser started after the Grade 12 graduating committee ran a shortfall despite numerous moneymaking events throughout the year.

A talent show was suggested, Dodd said. Not wanting to use all the proceeds, students opted to donate some funds to New Orleans.

The New Orleans connection was made during spring break when musicians from the rock and pop program visited the Big Easy.

“They went because it was the birthplace of jazz. Before going to New Orleans they decided to raise money for a shelter group who supports people that have lost their home during the hurricane and they bought instruments for a school,” Dodd said.

Throughout the year the teen musicians had raised $700 for the Harry Thompson Homeless Shelter and enough money to purchase three different band instruments for Marrero Middle School. PK’s Got Talent was simply a way to extend the compassion and generosity.

The variety show is open to any talent students wishing to share. For instance, Thomas Tayler and Loreena Jans are performing a dramatic reading while dancer Erica de Champlain gets the groove up by hoofing it.

In contrast, acoustic rock and blues band Southern Streets, a favourite among Paul Kane crowds, creates an edgier sound. And once doors open, the 19-piece Paul Kane Jazz Band features their rhythms.

To maintain a brisk flow of performances, three stages will be set up in the school’s gymnasium.

The Grade 12 grad class is also baking a variety of cupcakes, cookies, slices and brownies. Pizza by the slice will also be available.

“We really wanted to have a spoken word café atmosphere, but a little heavier, a little louder,” Dodd said.


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