SUMMERSIDE – Athena Consolidated students will be performing at the fifth Athena’s Got Talent show on March 7 to raise funds for the school’s music program.
The fundraiser began as a place for band and choir students to perform, but band teacher Jill Power decided to include students involved in activities outside of school.
“It gives students the opportunity to showcase their other talents that they have outside of school, because they don’t get to do that anywhere else, really.”
Auditions began in January and students have been rehearsing during recess to perfect their acts.
“The focus is what you’re good at and what you enjoy. It’s like a break from academics, but it’s just as important, because it’s what the kids are good at.”
For the $5 admission price, audience members will be able to purchase 50/50 tickets and food from a bake sale while they watch the performances, which will feature dance, music and other acts from the 150 students involved.
“There are lots of treats to buy. We’ll have Samuel’s Coffee; we’ll have homemade fudge. That usually brings people out.”
Patti Beauchamp works as an educational assistant at the school and has helped produce the show. Working on the talent show has allowed students to make new friendships, she said.
“They’re in school but they don’t hang out together, and this gives them the opportunity to work together and improve on their dancing or whatever.”
Seven students will be painting during the performance, and their work will be auctioned at the end, with hopes of breaking last year’s record of about $300.
“All they have is an hour, which is very challenging, so those who have the gift of art, the show gives them the opportunity to show the public their talent.”
The show starts at 6:30 p.m. but doors open at 5:50 p.m. with a storm date of March 8.