This year’s performance was rescheduled due to bad weather, but will now take place on Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Cummings Auditorium, School of the Osage beginning at 7 p.m.

For over a decade, the Lake Arts Council has sponsored a Performing Arts Variety Talent Showcase, directed by Diane Oltmann. The production is professionally formatted and features very talented local performers.

This year’s performance was rescheduled due to bad weather, but will now take place on Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Cummings Auditorium, School of the Osage beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for student, kindergarten through grade 12. They may be purchased at the door or prior to the event by calling the Lake Arts Council office at 573-964-6366 or emailing to administrator@artsatthelake.com.

The Variety Talent Showcase has become through the years a highly anticipated event. The cast, both seasoned and those with less stage time, mature adults and students participate purely for the joy of performing. Comments from audience members about at the performance in past years have been expressions of amazement, excitement and joy. “It is high quality entertainment” and “Such talent here at the lake is very impressive.”

Although the format is the same each year, the cast and types of individual performances change each year. The program includes Broadway Show tunes, classical, gospel and country western as well as original poetry and comedy.

Members of the cast at this printing are Vanessa Hebrank and Margo Strothmann, Elizabeth and Ed Doney, Larry Williams, Lori Stuckmeyer, Layla Thruman, Will Runyon, Jr., Kris Oliver, Gemma Campanini, Shay and Beth Torimino, Yetta McConnell, Carolyn Thompson and Curtis Nicklas.

Diane Oltmann is well known for her many acting roles in community theater, including the Lake Area Performing Arts Guild, several community theater groups in Iowa and Illinois as well as directing musicals for the Lebanon Community Theatre.

She has taught vocal music in public school and has directed junior high, high school and church choirs. Through the years, she has instructed many students in private lessons. With the annual Variety Showcase ever in the back of her mind, she seeks out new talent throughout the year. She takes great pleasure in developing the format for the program with many variables each year.

The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Student artist currently being mentored by the Ozark Brush and Palette will be painting at their canvases in the lobby. Previously owned art pieces will be for sale at much reduced prices.

Partial financial assistance for this event has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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