Showcase to offer sneak peek of spring musical

Fundraiser to feature Kamiak’s performing arts talent Friday night
By Lauren Salcedo | For the Beacon | Apr 19, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnson Kamiak students Mitchell Beard and Lauren Carlos play Ren and Ariel, respectively, in the school’s upcoming spring musical production of “Footloose” set to run over two weekends in May. Here, the cast performs “Footloose (Finale),” originally by Kenny Loggins, during an April 17 rehearsal at Kamiak’s Performing Arts Center.

Local high school dancers, actors, singers, musicians and performers are ready to showcase their variety of talents at the Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters’ Spring Showcase fundraiser this Friday.

“It is going to be fabulous,” Sherri Vaughan, chair of the boosters, said. “All performing arts areas are being showcased.”

The showcase – set for 6 p.m. April 21 at the Rosehill Community Center – will feature performances from band, orchestra, dance, jazz, guard, choir, and drama.

Attendees can expect to enjoy the sights and sounds of the audition-only violin group Uber Kammerstreich, the award-winning show choirs Starry Knights and No Refund, the Dulcineas Dance Team, Jazz Band, Strings in K#, Winter Guard, Uber Excalibur, Winter Percussion, Advanced Percussion, and even a “sneak peak” of Kamiak’s spring musical, “Footloose.

“The proceeds of this event go directly to support our scholarships,” Vaughan said. “This is all to benefit students, and to showcase the wonderful talent that we have in our community.”

Scholarships are awarded based on anonymously scored student responses to a writing prompt, which asked them to explain how the performing arts have helped them in their lives. The recipients will receive their scholarships during Kamiak’s Senior Recognition Night.

This year, the boosters are also awarding a ninth scholarship of $500 in memory of Anna Bui, a Kamiak graduate and choir performer who was killed in the shooting at a house party in Mukilteo last year. The application deadline for all boosters scholarships is May 1.

“Typically, the showcase has brought in $3,000 to $4,000 in net profit,” boosters treasurer Kim Ninh said. “However, the amount we award to students will be more than what we get at the showcase.”

Although the boosters also receives donations from Patrons of the Arts – parents who contribute funds to the performing arts programs – event organizers are still hoping for a large turnout.

“We want as many people as we can to attend,” Ninh said.

A sneak peak of the musical “Footloose” could draw more attendees, as tickets to the musical will also be available for purchase at the showcase. The all-student cast will perform two songs from the musical: “Holding Out for a Hero,” and “Footloose (Finale).

Performances of “Footloose” are set for 7 p.m. May 5-6 and May 12-13, and 2 p.m. May 13. Tickets, which went on sale April 17, can be purchased by calling the school’s bookkeeper at 425-366-5428.

In addition to musical and other performances, the fundraiser will also feature a silent auction, dinner and a dessert dash. The silent auction includes baskets donated by local businesses and families of Kamiak performing arts students.

“We have over 20 baskets from the various performing arts groups, filled with different donated items,” Vaughan said.

Baskets include tickets to the Village Theater, a pair of Beats headphones, gift certificates to local restaurants, and more. Dinner is catered by local restaurant Lombardi’s and is set to precede a “Dessert Dash” – a fundraising event where each table pools money in order to earn first access to pies, cakes and other sweet treats.

“We will have a silent auction, a delicious dinner and fabulous, award-winning entertainment,” Vaughan said. “It is really exciting and shaping up to be a huge success.”

Tickets to the Spring Showcase are $25 for individuals, $40 for couples and $300 for VIP tables. For tickets or more information visit www.kamiakarts.org.

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