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Gardner teen plans event to support local community through variety show

A variety show in the Gardner Edgerton High School Auditorium aims to raise funds for the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund for local family support.  Miley Cyrus tickets (four) are among the gifts to be claimed at the event.
A variety show in the Gardner Edgerton High School Auditorium aims to raise funds for the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund for local family support. Miley Cyrus tickets (four) are among the gifts to be claimed at the event.
Cooper McGuire for Performing with a Purpose

To showcase local talent while raising funds to support area families, Performing with a Purpose, in conjunction with the GEHS Repertory Theatre, will present a family-friendly variety show entitled Entertainment through the Ages on Saturday, March 29. The show will be held in the GEHS Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

Entertainment through the Ages will feature talented GEHS students, faculty, and local entertainers. Performances from a variety of eras will include country, jazz, classical and barbershop music, as well as comedy skits and dancers. There will be something for everyone!

Entertainment and sports themed gift baskets will also be on display in the lobby the night of the show, and will go home with some lucky winners. The baskets will be filled with sports memorabilia, including signed merchandise from Bubba Starling, as well as entertainment merchandise, such as movie passes, music, movies, salon products, gift cards and much more.

Performing with a Purpose, a service project created by GEHS junior, Cooper McGuire, was designed to encourage musicians, actors, and entertainers to use their talents to support charitable causes and be a positive influence in their communities. McGuire, who sings and plays piano and French Horn, actively performs in music and theater. He believes music and laughter can have a healing effect on both performers and audience members. His goal for Performing with a Purpose is to bring the community together for an evening of fun while raising money to help others.

The GEHS Repertory Theatre students are volunteering their time as performers, stage, and tech crew members. They are in charge of lighting, sound, back stage management, publicity, costumes, and anything else needed to create a quality show. “I am so proud of the work Cooper and the Repertory Theatre students are doing, coming together to support our community,” said Jeff Lady, GEHS Theatre Director.

Tickets will be $5.00 at the door. All profits from the show tickets and baskets will be donated directly to the local Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which supports area families’ needs all year long. “I am thrilled Cooper wants to undertake such a philanthropic effort at such a young age,” said Gardner Mayor, Chris Morrow. “And I am excited that he has decided upon the Gardner Christmas Tree Fund to donate the fruits of his labors, along with the other performers and student volunteers. I hope a lot of people come out and see the show.”
“We want a full house on March 29”, says McGuire. “It will be a great show that people of all ages will enjoy. It is important for the community to attend, not just to see the amazing talent Gardner has to offer, but to make a difference in peoples’ lives through our donation to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.”

For more information, to donate merchandise for the gift baskets, or to make a donation to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, contact: PerformingWithAPurpose@embarqmail.com or cmorrow@gardnerkansas.gov.