Talent show held at Centre Stage Theatre

A talent show at Centre Stage Theatre next week will raise money for a humanitarian trip to Africa.

A talent show at Centre Stage Theatre next week will raise money for a humanitarian trip to Africa.

The 12th Annual Talent Show will be held at Centre Stage Theatre on Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6, beginning at 7 p.m. both evenings.

Proceeds will go towards the building fund for the school district’s humanitarian trip to Tanzania.

More than 30 students and chaperones will be in Arusha, Tanzania for two weeks this summer to continue building additions to the existing orphanage.

The talent show is produced by Summerland Secondary School students.

Performers include students from other schools and members of the community.

The Planks, a recently created cover band with three members from Summerland Secondary School and Penticton Secondary School will perform.

Members of Summerland Singers and Players will perform scenes from Almost Maine, the play they will take to a theatre festival later this year.

Other entertainers include singers, dancers, gymnasts and poets.

The show was started by Lindsey Richardson when she was a Grade 5 student at Trout Creek Elementary School.

At the time, it was a fundraiser for Free The Children.

Since that time, it has supported the school district’s efforts n Tanzania.

Richardson travelled to the Lohada orphanage as a volunteer during her first year of university.

Since then, the school district has taken close to 75 students there to volunteer.

The students cover their own travel costs. They must also raise money to fund the projects they complete while there.

Over the 12 years, the program has raised around $50,000.