Penn State Shenango to present 'Music and Memories' talent show

“Music and Memories,” Penn State Shenango’s talent show with a twist, promises something for everyone in this show. Acts include singers (some performing their original works), a dancer and two martial artists. Tying the acts together is an homage to the Orson Welles’ radio production of H.G. Wells’ "The War of the Worlds," or perhaps parody of the show that scared a nation would be closer to the truth. 

Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $4 for students (at any level) and senior citizens, and $3 for children younger than 5. All children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. There are no pre-sale tickets. This talent-rich show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5, and at 2:30 p.m. April 6 in the Penn State Auditorium, located at 147 Shenango Ave., Sharon, Pa.

“We chose the name ‘Music and Memories’ to give our audience a sense of what will be included in this year’s talent show,” said Jeanne Zingale, faculty adviser of the Drama Club, which is producing the talent show.

“Most of our acts are music related, with some being contemporary numbers that will stay in people’s memories for a long time, and one is a novelty number from the same period as the Orson Welles’ production, which is still an event that is talked about 75 years later.”

Student musical performers featured in the show include Isaac Donaldson, Dani Johnson, Ashley Mausser, Alessia Scoccia, Jonathan Steele, the duo of Luis & Michael (Luis Rivera and Michael Bryant) and a group featuring Jesse Wold (vocal and guitar) backed by Taylor Jackson (percussion) and faculty member Ed Hallahan (bass). The latter group will also back up a novelty number performed by Peggy Murphy and faculty member Jeanne Zingale.                                                                         

Corrin Regginello will perform a dance number; Kyle Davis and Jonathan Steele will each provide a martial arts demonstration.

Readers for the “War of the Worlds” portion of the production include Kyle Davis, Nick Taylor, Jeanne Zingale and Steven Shook, who is also coordinating that portion of the show.

“The original radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" took place as a Halloween scare in 1938, and presented a series of simulated news bulletins, which convinced many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was taking place,” explained Zingale. “It was broadcast nationally from New York City, and the target of the Martian invasion was across the river in New Jersey. Our version of the story will be set closer to home, but we won’t reveal in advance which nearby city is devastated by the Martians. And the city might be different with each performance."

A 50/50 raffle will be held during intermission at each performance. The basket raffle drawing will be held on Sunday afternoon. Proceeds from both will benefit AWARE, a victim services agency dedicated to eliminating domestic/sexual violence in Mercer County, Pa.

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

Last Updated March 19, 2014