When Judy Fabrizius hears that a Kaneland High School student has a particular talent, she tries to figure out how that student can be worked into the school’s annual talent show.
“I will track them down,” said Fabrizius, a teacher in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at the school.
This is the 12th year that Fabrizius has been working on the talent show. This year’s event takes place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kaneland High School Auditorium, which is at 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. The cost to attend is $5, and the event serves as a fundraiser for her department at the school. Tickets are available at the door.
There will be dancers, singers and bands at the show, as well as comedians and jugglers.
“It’s a little bit of everything,” Fabrizius said.
The event includes students who have been on stage many times, but she said there also are those who might never have performed for a crowd. When she first took over the production of the show, she said it had been a competition. Instead, she wanted it to be more of a showcase.
She said it’s an opportunity for participants to “go up there and be Garth Brooks.” She stressed the experience of the event, playing up the pre-show pizza party as much as the event. But she also said it’s important for students to seize the spotlight, calling it “a once-in-a-lifetime chance” for those who otherwise might never have the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd.
“It’s a really neat way for these students to participate in something,” she said.
Among those who are performing: Katie Kenkel, Tucker DeBolt, James Tockstien, John Purnell, James Lim, Dalvell Triplett, Ellie Karakourtis, Mike Karakourtis, Chad Sweika, Diego Ochou, Alex Carrillo, Sydney Luse, Maggie Wallace, Emily Laudont, Andrew Tobin, Kelsey Cotton, Cory Nordine, Amanda Lesak, Jack VanGemert, Eric Meuer, Mitch Batement, Jamantha Martin, Jayvon Malik Swain, Alex Turk, Ian Pizzia, Matt Alfrey, Rick Cotton, Brandon Lewkowick and Laken Delahany.
Traffic on Route 47 in Elburn will come to a halt at the railroad tracks later this week, as maintenance work on the Union Pacific tracks will force drivers to seek alternate routes from Friday through April 10.
The crossing will be closed from 9 a.m. April 5 to 3 p.m. April 10 for what Union Pacific has termed “routine maintenance.”
The official detour will be to take Route 38 to Meredith Road and head south to Keslinger Road. Other possible detours are at Pouley Road and Harley Road.
Registration is under way for the ninth annual Dewey Dash race at the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn. A one-mile walk starts at 8:30 a.m. April 14, with a five-kilometer run to start at 9 a.m. at the library, at 320 E. North St. For information, visit www.elburn.lib.il.us.
• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.