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UMFK annual talent revue to celebrate university's 125 years through popular acts from the past

November 21, 2003

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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 a special 125th anniversary talent revue on Friday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Preparations for the event are well underway with a complete line-up of familiar faces from past annual UMFK Campus Community Talent Revues 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".

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.

The talent revue will be structured in a different manner this year compared to years past when an open call was made for talent, and campus and community members competed in various categories for prizes.

This year's performers have all been invited to participate. Most of the acts will feature favorite performers from previous years' talent revues. The acts will include singers, dancers, and instrumentalists. Also included in the roster of performers are some new UMFK students.

"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.

Over the last few years, the talent revue has been quite successful in uniting the campus and the community.

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.