School District Talent Show Sees Arts Center Students Among Acts

Lawrence Arts Center alums will be center stage next week during the Lawrence School Foundation’s annual “Ovation!” talent show.

The Lawrence Ballet Theatre will perform two sections from Jerel Hilding’s piece, Whims. Rose Kennedy, a Lawrence High School freshman and veteran of Arts Center theater, dance and visual arts, will be performing a stand-up comedy routine. Middle and high school students throughout the USD 497 Lawrence school district were selected to perform through a virtual audition process.

LBT Artistic Director Cynthia Crews said it was an honor for the Arts Center dancers to be selected to participate in the annual program.

“LBT dancers are excited for the opportunity to perform on the beautiful Lied Center stage and to connect with other talented youth artists in Lawrence,” she said.

The LBT dance and Rose’s comedy performance are among only 12 that were selected for the showcase. The acts, which also include instrumentalists, singers, aerialists, and a filmmaker, were recorded performing on stage at the Lied Center of Kansas. The full show will premier virtually online at 7pm Friday, February 12, on Vimeo.

This is the fifth annual “Ovation!” talent show, and the first to be presented virtually online by the Lied Center. Tickets are not required, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds of the performance benefit the Lawrence Schools Foundation, an organization that provides resources that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and enhance opportunities for all students, educators, and staff in Lawrence Public Schools.

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LBT Dancers
Eila Deavours – 12th grade, Lawrence High School
Cassidy Dunn – 11th grade, Lawrence High School
Gracia Greenhoot – 10th grade, Free State High School
Henry Horan – 10th grade, Bishop Seabury Academy
Taylor Lee – 12th grade, Free State High School
Finn Lotton-Barker – 9th grade, Lawrence High School
Allison McNellis – 11th grade, Free State High School
Mariclare Murray – 11th grade, Homeschool
Elijah Paden – 11th grade, Lawrence High School
Linnaea Radley – 10th grade, Lawrence High School
Catharine Richards – 12th grade, Bishop Seabury Academy
Maya Sabatini – 12th grade, Free State High School
Grace Xie – 10th grade, Free State High School