Infinity To Host Annual Spring Showcase Friday

Every spring students of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts program showcase the art and music skills they have developed, and this year’s event will offer more variety than ever before.

The annual Infinity Spring Showcase, which will feature the talents of more than 80 area children, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at The Reg Lenna Civic Center. In addition to the 90-minute showcase, guests will also enjoy prize drawings. Before the showcase begins, Infinity will host a student art show and open house at 5:30 p.m. at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. Admission to the showcase is $8 for adults, and those under the age of 18 will be admitted for free.

The show will include a variety of singing, dancing, comedy as well as music ensembles and soloists. Soloists include: Amy Adams, of Maple Grove High School, who will sing an aria from a Mozart opera; Lily Ellis, of Jamestown High School, who will sing a Bon Iver tune; and Ariana Brady, 9, who will sing a Justin Bieber song. The music ensembles include: SYMBA, featuring Ryan Hawkins and Hayley Restivo with special guest Steven Vasquez; Collective Groove, a steel drum ensemble; and Glee Club, a musical theater group. The Drama Club will perform improv comedy, which is a first for the Infinity Spring Showcase. And, the show will highlight the new hip-hop and creative movement classes, which is also a first for the showcase.

According to Shane Hawkins, executive director for Infinity, it is a fantastic feeling to be able to offer such a great variety of entertainment – especially because the showcase acts as a means to promote awareness about the services offered at Infinity.

“We have a lot of kids this year, and we wanted to put as many on stage that were performance ready,” said Hawkins. “We really wanted the art, theater and dance components to take off, and it took two years to be ready to showcase some of the acts. We’re hoping the kids in the audience become interested by seeing students their age doing positive things with their free time. And, with our scholarship options – it’s available to everybody”

Adam Owens, Glee Club instructor, said the Infinity staff hand-picks the acts featured in the showcase, and the soloists had to audition for their parts.

“It’s sort of the cream of the crop,” said Owens. “But, we’re proud of all of our students here at Infinity, that’s why we tried to feature as many as possible.”

According to Hawkins, although the showcase has been held in the past at Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre, the decision to have the Reg Lenna Civic Center as the venue was made by students of the Infinity Network of Students Training for Independent Leadership Level program, INSTILL, who felt that it was the right choice.

“We took the question to our leadership kids, and they eloquently and passionately wanted the Reg,” said Hawkins. “For a lot of them it is their senior year in high school, and they really wanted to perform on the Reg Lenna stage. They said that they felt really special when they were there.”

The Reg Lenna Civic Center is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. To order tickets, call 484-7070 or visit www.reglenna.com.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is a program dedicated to building the resiliency of the community’s youth by providing unique opportunity through access to the arts. For more information call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.