Performing Arts Gala raises money for a cause

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Students from Morgan County held a fundraiser show last week to help raise money for 10 theater students selected to participate in a national theater competition later this summer. The Performing Arts Gala featured high school and middle school students who showcased a variety of talent and entertainment for an audience of 200 people, raising $850. According to Kathleen Bryant, theater teacher for Morgan County, the money will go toward the registration and travel costs for the 10 students who qualified to compete at the National Thespian Festival this summer. The festival is held in Lincoln, Nebraska in June.

Bryant was proud of the theater students who rallied together to put on this show to help their friends get to the thespian competition.

“The performers presented acting, instrumental, musical theater, dance and improvisational numbers at the event,” said Bryant.  “One of the highlights of the evening was the Dancers from The Pointe of Grace Dance Studio, directed by Katie Anderson.”

While the Performing Arts Gala was a huge success, the qualifying students for the National Thespian Conference have a long way to go to raise enough money for the week-long competition this summer.

According to Bryant, each student must raise $1000 to cover the cost of registration and airfare.

“The students will go to workshops, watch exceptional full length musicals and plays, and compete with other Thespians from all over the country,” said Bryant. “This is the first year we have had so many qualify to compete.”

For more information on how to help these students attend National Festival contact Kathleen Bryant at

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