Amazing talent
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Apr 17, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Amazing talent

Stratford Gazette

It is with profound gratitude that I thank everyone involved with our recent fundraising concert at Knox Presbyterian Church.

The brainchild of Kiwanian Terry Fowler, the evening was a two-hour Broadway tribute with show hits from golden-era and contemporary music theatre. Intended to raise funds for the Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts, the evening was a tremendous success artistically and financially.

I wish to thank special guests Mark Cassius, John Wilkinson, Barbara Dunn-Prosser and the County of Perth Community Choir, as well as 16 extraordinarily talented young singers from the Kiwanis Festival. Essential to their performances was a team of accompanists led by Brian Emery and Paul Shilton, as well as choir conductor Paul Coates.

Emcee Brenda Martin kept the pace lively and entertaining, while behind the scenes Chris St. Lawrence and Marianne Reid ensured a smooth transition between acts. Patrick Scott, assisted by Jonathan Perry, did a great job on sound. Ticket sales were ably handled by members of the Stratford Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis Club of Festival City.

I am very grateful to Knox Church for providing their sanctuary for the singers. The success of the evening was also due to the generosity of local businesses, particularly Stratford Business Centre, Revel Caffe, and Sinclair Pharmacy, along with door-prize donors York Street Kitchen and The Parlour Historic Inn.

Finally, of course, I must thank the members of the community who came out to support our performers. You helped us continue our tradition of rewarding young performers with scholarships to assist them in their studies.

Those who missed the show can join us at Stars of the Festival on May 13 at Northwestern secondary school at 7 p.m.

Michele Boniface

Executive director, Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts

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