Youth showcase tonight

The talent is top flight for this event

Kiana Smith was one of the  standout performers at last year’s Youth Talent Showcase.

Kiana Smith was one of the standout performers at last year’s Youth Talent Showcase.

Support rising stars in the community and get some quality entertainment to boot by attending the sixth Mosaic Youth Talent Showcase tonight in Parksville. A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. with performances by talented youth in and around the area performing opera, classical music, musical theatre, hip hop dances and contemporary singing, among other disciplines. The performers had to make it through auditions last month and will now be competing for scholarship money, provided by the Rotary Club of Parksville and its sponsors.

Country singer Beth Marie Anderson and jazz vocalist Lauren Bush produced the show this year and will be handing out the scholarships.

“We are going to have lots of different types of performers, from classical to music theatre, dancers and guitarists,” she said. “A couple of the performers people might remember from last year are Kiana Smith, a dancer who comes to us straight from the Upper Island Music Festival in Nanaimo, and Esme Liddicoat, a classical singer who won top honours at the festival as well.”

Tickets are $15, with proceeds going towards further scholarship money for youth. 

“Last year we gave out $6,000 and this year I’m hoping for more, but we need people to buy tickets in order to do it,” Anderson said. 

The show happens today, Friday, May 27 at Knox United Church at 345 Pym Street in Parksville. Get tickets from Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, Blossoms ‘n Such in Parksville and Mulberry Bush bookstores in Qualicum Beach and Parksville.

— with files from Neil Horner