The Guardian (Charlottetown)

School of Performing Arts students take the stage on Friday


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,­ricanes.

“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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