Shenango to present 'Music and Misunderstandings'

"Music and Misunderstandings," Penn State Shenango's third annual Talent Show, promises to be the best yet. Acts range from a professional singer/songwriter to a stand-up comic to a polished player of an Australian didgeridoo. There is something for everyone in this show to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12 in the Penn State Auditorium, located on Shenango Avenue in downtown Sharon, Pa.

Anyone bringing a nonperishable food item for the Community Food Warehouse will receive a $1 discount off their ticket price, which is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. A portion of the profits from the evening’s 50/50 and basket raffles will also go to benefit the Community Food Warehouse.
“We chose the name ‘Music and Misunderstandings’ to give our audience a sense of what will be included in this year’s talent show,” said Jeanne Zingale, faculty advisor of the Drama Club, which is producing the talent show.

“A lot of our acts are music related, with country, pop, classical, jazz, and Broadway included,” continued Zingale. “There’s everything from Bach on a grand piano to an Australian aboriginal melody played on an authentic didgeridoo.”

The “Misunderstanding” part of the show’s title, according to Zingale, comes from the content of the songs of love and loss, together with the conflict that drives the short comedies and dramas included in the talent show.

Student musical performers featured in the show include Brittany Findley, of Sharpsville Pa., singing two original songs. Findley has been the opening act for the professional group Jordan Biel Band, and she is currently putting the finishing touches on her own CD for the indie label Innovate Records. This is Findley’s second Penn State Shenango talent show. She will be accompanied by guitarist Josh Kalp, a Youngstown State University student.

Another returning act is the mother-daughter duo of Penn State Shenango student Becky Maurice and her daughter, April McNamara, a Sharpsville High School senior. McNamara also will be singing a solo number.

Zachary Balakoff, of Hermitage Pa., played an Ecuadorian flute in last year’s show. This year he has chosen to channel an Australian aboriginal melody on an authentic didgeridoo. This ancient instrument was created from the action of termites hollowing out a eucalyptus log and the aboriginal people finishing the hollowing to achieve its distinctive sound. According to Zingale, “The didgeridoo has a deep horn sound, perhaps akin to the lower register of a bassoon, but it is truly a unique sound.”

New to the show will be vocalist Trent Canon, of West Middlesex, Pa., and pianists Emily Astey and Earlean Crosby-Dryer, from Hermitage, Pa. and Sharon, Pa. respectively. Canon sings and plays guitar. Astey, formerly a music major at the Penn State University Park campus, will play a piece by Bach and provide piano accompaniment throughout the evening. Crosby-Dryer will play an original jazz number.

Faculty members participating in the show include vocalist and emcee Jeanne Zingale, formerly of Hubbard and now from Liberty, Oh. On Saturday evening, she will be joined on stage by the locally known group of Hallahan and Eaton, featuring the vocals of Missa Eaton, of Sharon, Pa., and the sweet sound of bassist Ed Hallahan of Youngstown, Oh. Zingale is an instructor in communications and theatre; Eaton, assistant professor of psychology; and Hallahan, instructor in art.

Tracey Peterson-Banks of Hermitage, Pa. will make her stand-up comic debut with material that includes her life in the army in several overseas deployments.

Actors in the show’s short sketches and plays include Emily Astey of Hermitage, Pa., Miranda Bizzarri of Sharpsville, Pa., Sabrina Donner of Jamestown, Pa., Anthony and Jacob Elliott of Sharpsville, Pa., Ian Kelly of Sharon, Pa., Brooke Patterson of Hermitage, Pa., and Nicole Rogers of Farrell, Pa.

A 50/50 raffle will be held each evening. The basket raffle drawing will be held on Saturday evening. A preliminary list of raffle items includes GI Joe 12” collectible figures, sports collectibles, Christmas items, gift certificates to local merchants, a Van Gogh “Starry Night” poster, a lava lamp, and much more.

For more information about the talent show, contact the Office of Student Affairs, 724-983-2836.


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Last Updated November 02, 2011