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Spotlight for Quesnel’s young stars

Gala performance gives award winners a chance to shine
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The 2023 InSong Quesnel Youth Choir has been recommended to the provincial performing arts festival. The ensemble features (alphabetically) Hope Anderson, Lilli Anderson, Adelaide Anderton, Celeste Anderton, Mattias Anderton, Emerie Bateman, Abagail Butler, Tiffany Butler, Hannah Clayton, Kaydence Goertzen, Ren’ai Goffic, Malea Ireland, Norah McDonald, Audrey Rowe, Annabelle Surcess, Jorja Stuart-Scholefield, and Yuki Sturt. (Vicky Predan photo)

The best of the best will show Quesnel what they are capable of. At the same time, they are showing Quesnel what the community is capable of. The power of the arts will be displayed in song, drama and dance and their presentations will not only entertain but also inspire.

These performances will be unveiled at the Chuck Mobley Theatre (850 Anderson Drive at Correlieu Secondary School) on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. for the Celebration Of Stars gala event that concludes the Quesnel Performing Arts Festival (QPAF).

“All of the performers selected to represent Quesnel at the provincial competition later this month will be showcasing their performances,” said Vicky Predan, one of QPAF’s volunteer organizers. “We will be celebrating performers from all of our five disciplines: Piano, Vocal/Choral, Dance, Speech/Dramatic Arts and Band/Instrumental. We will conclude the evening with an awards ceremony. Competitors will be presented with a certificate, trophy and honours scholarship.”

The provincial level of the performing arts competitive festival happens in Penticton from May 28 to June 1.

“This year marks the Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts 40th Anniversary,” said Predan. “We are extremely honoured to celebrate this milestone with our community. The support we have received from other non-profit organizations, local businesses, community members, instructors and performers has been outstanding. It’s only with this support that we can continue to provide performing arts opportunities to youth in our community. Our volunteers and our performers thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Tickets to Quesnel’s Celebration Of Stars are available online in advance. Go to the QPAF page on Facebook or their website to find the link. The online version of this article at the Quesnel Cariboo Observer’s sites will also have the link. CLICK RIGHT HERE for tickets. Regular admission is $10, or $8 for students and seniors (children five and younger are free). They will be available at the door while supplies last.

Congratulations to these remarkable performers:

Dance

Provincial Competitor for Stage III (and the Dance component’s Performer of the Year): Alexis Mackenzie

Provincial Competitor for Ballet I: Averie Lentz

Provincial Competitor for Ballet II: Valen von den Steinen

Provincial Competitor for Modern II: Caleigh McRae

Provincial Competitor Modern III: Elsa Winnig

Vocal/Choral

Provincial Choral Competitor: InSong Quesnel Youth Choir

(Choristers: Hope Anderson, Lilli Anderson, Adelaide Anderton, Celeste Anderton, Mattias Anderton, Emerie Bateman, Abagail Butler, Tiffany Butler, Hannah Clayton, Kaydence Goertzen, Ren’ai Goffic, Malea Ireland, Norah McDonald, Audrey Rowe, Annabelle Surcess, Jorja Stuart-Scholefield, Yuki Sturt)

Provincial Competitor in Musical Theatre - Intermediate: Olivia Williams

Provincial Alternate in Musical Theatre - Intermediate: Sofie McCarthy

Piano

Provincial Merited Participant for Junior-A Piano: Caitlin Logan

Provincial Merited Participant for Junior-A Piano: Mattias Anderton

Provincial Merited Participant for Intermediate Piano: Quinn Phillips

Provincial Merited Participant for Senior Piano: Elizabeth Klassen

Provincial Competitor for Intermediate Piano: Anthony Lee



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