The Guardian (Charlottetown)

School of Performing Arts students take the stage on Friday

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Holland College’s School of Performing Arts will hold its student showcase concert online free of charge on April 23.

Due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns on Prince Edward Island reducing in-person audiences to 50 or fewer, Liam Corcoran, program manager for the School of Performing Arts, turned the biannual event into a virtual showcase to give students industry exposure.

This year’s concert will be held in the Florence

Simmons Performanc­e Hall, 4-6 p.m.

Those interested can watch the concert on the Holland College’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/hollandhur­ricanes.

“Usually, we would have a couple of hundred people watching our show online and another two to three hundred in the Florence Simmons Performanc­e Hall,” he said.

“We are hoping that people who would have come to see our students live will join us online this year. Pandemic restrictio­ns prohibited us from holding a spring or fall showcase in 2020, so we are all very excited about Friday evening’s concert.”

Students will perform selections from different genres, including R&B, pop, jazz, latin and improv.

“The industry leaders we’ve invited include venue owners, bookers, promoters, touring artists, sound engineers, arts administra­tors, filmmakers and other individual­s in the business,” Corcoran said.

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