Virtual ‘Ovation!’ student talent show will include Irish dancers, aerial skills and parody song ‘Zoom Blues’

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Sisters Aleisha Lohfeld, left, and Alannah Lohfeld will be featured in the Lawrence school district's virtual talent show "Ovation!" performing an Irish step dancing routine.

Nearly 30 students will be showcased in the Lawrence school district’s annual talent show on Friday, which will be streamed virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the fifth year for the districtwide talent show for middle and high school students, and despite having to do things differently to ensure safety, the show will go on. Auditions for the show took place through a virtual process. Selected students then participated in a video-recording session on the Lied Center stage “in a safe and socially distant manner,” according to the Lied Center. All of the acts will then be featured in a virtual event at 7 p.m. Friday.

The acts include dancers, aerialists, instrumentalists, singers and a comedian and filmmaker. One Irish dancing act will feature two sisters from Galway, Ireland, who moved to Lawrence over two years ago. Another act, called “Zoom Blues,” is a parody song about the frustrations of the video platform.

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From left, Olivia Evans, Jenna Gaston, Hendrix Emerson and Julia Ruddy teamed up to perform “Zoom Blues,” a parody song, for the Lawrence school district’s virtual talent show “Ovation!”

Three students served as executive producers for the talent show, and Brian Hanni, the voice of the Jayhawks, is the event’s master of ceremonies.

The show will be free to stream, but any proceeds gathered through donations from “Ovation!” will go to the Lawrence Schools Foundation. For more information about the show, a link to Friday’s video premiere and a link to donate to the Lawrence Schools Foundation, go to the Lied Center’s website: lied.ku.edu.

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