Kamiak to put on ‘spectacular’ showcase
Performing arts students at Kamiak High School are promising a spectacular show on April 19.
The fourth annual Kamiak Spring Showcase will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The show is a Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters fundraiser.
The showcase features entertainment by talented students from all of the school’s performing arts programs, including band, choir, color guard, dance, drama, jazz and orchestra. An estimated 90 students will perform.
Many of the students are getting ready for state or regional competitions or just returning from them. Others are preparing for Kamiak’s spring musical, “Sweeney Todd.” Excerpts from these performances will be featured.
“Spring Showcase is the only event that offers the opportunity to see performances from all of the performing arts groups on one night, in one venue,” Karen Gebarski, event chair for the showcase. “Expect to be ‘wowed.’”
Among the list of performers is Kamiak’s dance team. Team Dulcineas will perform both its kick and dance routines that won them first place at districts and qualified for the state competition.
“I’m excited to perform in the showcase because it’s an opportunity to perform in front of a different audience than we usually have, and to showcase our skills in front of the Mukilteo community,” said Allegra Branch, a senior and captain of the dance team.
Some of the students are in more than one performance. Senior Nick Reynolds, for example, will be in three: He is in the cast of Kamiak’s traveling children’s show, plays Anthony Hope in “Sweeney Todd,” which opens May 3, and leads the men’s barbershop, The Supertonix.
“The support at the showcase is really encouraging and inspiring,” he said. “It’s good to have the community’s support.”
The Supertonix will be competing at the Solo and Ensemble state competition at Central Washington University on April 28.
The Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters hosts the Spring Showcase every year as a fundraiser for the school’s Performing Arts department.
Funds raised support the needs of all the performing arts programs, including buying new sheet music and instruments, hiring clinics and accompanists or tuning a piano.
“You may be aware of the challenges that on-going budget cuts are creating for the arts in public schools,” said Melanie Field, liaison for the orchestra. “This fundraiser is important for keeping the Kamiak programs running at their very high level.”
The show is also supported by sponsors RANE Corp., Diamond Knot Brewery Co., Granite Transformations and the city of Mukilteo.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include hors d'oeuvres, coffee, tea, lemonade and dessert. Beer and wine may also be purchased separately. Order tickets in advance at www.kamiakarts.org.
A “fundraising frenzy” between sets to auction off various gift cards will provide additional support opportunities.
Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.