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KidZ Choir raises the community for 6th year

Cast members from the PKC during Sunday's performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. JOURNAL PHOTO/EVANS

KidZ Choir raising the community for 6th year

PRESCOTT - The Prescott KidZ Choir (PKC) performed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to a full house and a standing ovation Sunday, March 27 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Prescott. The group of 32 performers, aged six -18, raised more than just spirits, collecting $1,000 in donations from two performances to aid in giving St. Andrew's a much needed 'lift', with the proceeds going towards the church's elevator fundraiser.

The extravagant musical performance, complete with lavish costumes, props, and scenery, marks the sixth year of PKC, and was undertaken as a celebration of five completed years of Christmas and Spring Musicals and Summer Camps; 13 shows to date. Alumni members of the group were brought back to perform in the special show, which is the first production to run twice in the same day.

"We really wanted to go all out for this year's performance. We've been planning and saving for a few years knowing we wanted to put on a big show, and we couldn't be more impressed with these kids," said Director Lynda Joanisse, who is also the Principal at St. Lawrence Academy in Prescott.

The beloved story of family, betrayal, redemption and forgiveness featured Elizabeth Lavallee in a standout performance as Joseph. The group kept the audience entertained and amazed as they effortlessly glided from one musical number to the next, showcasing a vast variety of musical genres and cultural influences throughout the show, ranging from Western to Reggae and European. Particularly memorable was an outstanding performance by Zack Bottigoni as Pharaoh 'Elvis' that was performed to abundant audience laughter and applause.

The special performance this year cost the group, which is a non-profit and functions entirely on donations, more than three times their usual yearly budget.

"God certainly does provide, because every single year we receive enough donations to cover exactly what we've spent. We are so thankful for the spirit of community and generosity of the people that attend our shows, it's really amazing," said Lynda.

This year, the group's double-showing enabled them to surpass their performance costs by $1,000, which will benefit St. Andrew's in a significant way.

"St. Andrew's has opened their door to us from day one - all 13 of our shows have been performed here. It feels so great to be able to give something back to them this year," said Lynda of the support the group has received from St. Andrew's.

The idea for PKC was formed nearly nine years ago, when Lynda created a non - denominational, Christian musical theatre program in Ottawa. The program focused on making the musical theatre experience available to every family, with low costs and an open-door policy.

After three successful years, Lynda moved to Prescott and began a second program with the help of Christina Madden and Leslie Bottigoni. In 2014, PKC partnered with St. Lawrence Academy in Prescott to offer a Summer Theatre Program for children aged six -15. PKC's regular theatre program, which involves preparing two productions each year, runs Sundays starting in September from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Academy. The regular program is free and welcomes all children aged four -15 to participate.

"There's no fees, any kid that shows up is in. We just do a small audition process in order to decide which role each child is best suited for. We encourage any family interested to register," said Lynda.

More information on PKC can be found at pkcmusicals.vpweb.ca.

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