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Severna Park Area Schools Gear Up For Upcoming Talent Shows

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February 6, 2018
If you’re looking for local talent, you came to the right place. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming talent and variety shows hosted by Severna Park area schools.
After the January date was snowed out, Severna Park High School rescheduled its “Talon Show” to February 9. The event name is a reference to the school’s Falcon mascot. Kathleen Gabriele works in the school’s music department and is in charge of the auditions. Students she already knows have to discuss their act with her, but students she doesn’t know must perform or send her a video first.
A few highlights of the show will be a fencing routine, a comedy act called the “No Arms Challenge” and a premiere performance of a new girl band. About 14 acts will perform during the show.
“This is a great opportunity for new performers to gain some stage experience,” Gabriele said. “It's intended to be an old-fashioned high school talent show.”
Tickets are $5 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Music and Memory, a program that provides music to Alzheimer’s patients.
On February 23, Oak Hill Elementary will host its talent show starting at 6:00pm. Students have to electronically send in their submissions a little over a month in advance to ensure that there won’t be duplicate songs or performances, Principal Deneen Houghton said. Students are limited to participating in one act each.
The talent show will be about three hours long, Houghton said. Some of the talents will be skits, comedy, magic and singing. In addition, the school’s dance company will do a theatrical performance.
Severna Park Elementary School is hosting the PTA 2018 Variety Show on March 23. Any student who submits an act is welcome to perform in the show, but parents must abide by the rules that all rehearsals are mandatory and they must volunteer “in some capacity” in order for their child to perform, PTA volunteer Jessica Gorski said.
The variety show is the elementary school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Though there isn’t an admission price, attendees are asked to donate $5 at the door, and all proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of three community members who passed away from breast cancer.
A few highlights include magicians, a ventriloquist, instrumentalists and a surprise teacher act, Gorski said. Audience members can again look forward to a “fantastic finale to close out the special evening.”
Jones Elementary School’s talent show will be held June 1, according to Principal Pat Keffer. Students have to sign up for the talent show about two weeks in advance, but there isn’t an audition process. Every student who signs up can be in the show “provided they agree to the time and content criteria,” Keffer said.
Those in attendance can look forward to gymnasts, singers, dance and magicians. One year, a student demonstrated baking skills, Keffer said.

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