Kimberley’s Got Talent a sold out show
By Chris Newel
Much like Foreigner’s song, Juke Box Hero, Kimberley’s youth played to a “sold out show” Friday night at Centre 64.
Twenty-one performers aged 12-19 took part in Kimberley’s Got Talent, showcasing local youth in the Fine ARTS! The Kimberley Youth Steering Committee orchestrated the sold out event and several people had to be turned away.
I think many would agree Drew Lyall’s video; ‘Who am I?’ was thought provoking and catchy. For over two minutes his self-recorded video talked about who he really was, without actually ever answering the question.
In addition to those who performed on stage there were students choosing to show their skills though photography and drawing. The entryway had a number of photographs and art on display for the attendees to view during intermission.
Kimberly’s Lori Joe formed an oversight committed to ensure all goals and objectives for these funds would be managed in accordance to youth wants and needs. A Youth Coordinator (Ben Cohen) was hired and with collaborative efforts, the group brainstormed to create initiatives and activities to decrease boredom amongst youth (ages 12-19) in Kimberley. One of those initiatives was the Kimberley’s Got Talent Show.
This event really proved that if you give the youth a ‘stage’ and believe in them they DO SHOW UP, and the whole community benefits. This particular Youth in Arts initiative will now expand to offer ‘Open Mike’ coffee nights at the Bean Tree and future shows at Centre 64.
Kimberley Youth Steering Committee is partnering with the Get Outside BC program, on Dec. 21 for the next event ‘Winter Solstice’ which will be at the Nordic Centre. There will be bonfire, chill feast, skiing, snowshoeing, live music and games and video/slideshows for teens. Stay tuned for more on that.
Performers were; Antonia Sullivan, Emma Loewen, Aria Siega, Tyra Joe, Courtney Crawford, Gwen Davis, Mikhela Greiner, Jordan Lilly, Natasha Norton, Mac Ramsy, Adian Gilbert, Drew Lyall, Terek Flowers, Maia Greiner, Bryn Oakley, Emily Newel, Connor Klassen, Allison Stoddart, Zoe Gerlib, James Owen and Liam Westorgaard. Production staff, Lori Joe, Ben Cohen and Matt MacKenzie. A number of teachers and parents also volunteered their time to the worthwhile event. Long live the ARTS!
Photos courtesy Chris Newel