LB students ready to show their talents

If you’re looking for something to do next Thursday, you might want to stop by Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s talent show. The show, which is sponsored by and benefits the music department, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Indian River High School auditorium and promises an exciting variety of local talent.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve had the talent show,” explained Dana Joseph, the music teacher at Lord Baltimore. “There will be about 40 children performing a number of different music-related talents. In the past, we’ve had everything from singers to dancers to kick-boxers. As long as there is music involved, we allow the children to be creative. We really want to provide an atmosphere for the children to show their talents.”

To accommodate the largest possible audience the show will take place at Indian River High School, rather than the elementary school, she noted.

“Typically we hold our concerts at the elementary school, but Indian River was kind enough to let us use their auditorium to accommodate the crowd we hope to draw!” Joseph said. “The stage at Indian River is also higher; so people will be able to see more clearly.”

“The talent show is open to any of the fourth- or fifth-graders who are interested in performing.” she continued. “We have an audition and select the performers; but the majority of the work is done by the children. All of the planning and preparations are done by the kids, with help from the faculty, and parents, of course.”

The acts, which are performed in groups or solo, cover a wide variety of performance arts.

“We’ll have singers, dancers, cheerleading, ribbon twirlers, gymnastics and instrumentalists,” said Joseph, who is coordinating the show along with Beth Helm from the Intensive Learning Center, and Lisa Smith, one of the school’s secretaries. “We hope for the show to be about an hour long.”

Proceeds from the talent show will benefit the music department, which includes both band and choir classes. Previous years’ performances have helped update the school’s sound system and pay for piano tunings and for music.

“We’d like to be able to raise enough money to purchase some nice risers for our concerts,” Joseph explained.

Tickets for the show are a bargain, costing only $3 for adults and $1 for children. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the school at (302) 537-2700.