December 5, 2003
Some of the most talented performers ever to grace the stage of the University of Maine at Fort Kent's Fox Auditorium will return for the special 125th anniversary talent revue this Friday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
A complete line-up of familiar faces from past annual UMFK Campus Community Talent Revues are scheduled to perform. The special invitation was extended to more than a dozen performers as part of the theme for this year "Celebrating UMFK's 125th".
Among the popular acts returning are former Miss Maine Meranda (Hafford) Castonguay, who will perform a vocal selection. Sonya Charette, owner and dance instructor at Jazz It Up Dance Studio will have four of her dance groups performing.
In addition, UMFK faculty members Bruno Hicks and Dave Hobbins will perform a musical number on the guitar and banjo. Other instrumentalists will include guitarist Jesse Burge and fiddle player Lynn Stephenson.
Two of Fort Kent's better-known vocalists Samantha Boutot and Kimberlee Parent will perform "Concrete Angel" by Martina McBride and "On My Own" from Les Miserables respectively.
The revue has become a local tradition that brings together some of the region's most gifted performers for an evening of quality entertainment.
UMFK director of student services Scott Voisine and assistant director of student activities Stephanie Cote are working together to line up the talent and coordinate the production.
Voisine and Charles "Chuck" Closser, professor of oral communication and performing arts will be the emcees for the evening and plan to incorporate humor reflecting UMFK's history into their banter. Voisine and Closser may also perform for this year's event.
"This will be the most outstanding talent revue the university has ever staged. The quality of the talent that will be performed will make this a must attend event. In addition, numerous audience members will walk away with more than just memories of a wonderful evening," said Voisine.
In the past the performers competed for up to $500 in prizes, however, this year there will be no competition and $500 worth of UMFK's 125th celebration clothing and novelties from the UMFK bookstore will be given away to audience members who participate in games and give aways during the show.
The Campus Community Talent Revue is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend. General admission is $3.00. The performance is free to University of Maine at Fort Kent students and staff.
For more information concerning scheduling, participants are encouraged to contact Vosine at 834-7513.