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22 | February 16, 2017 |

22 | February 16, 2017 | The Lockport Legend life & arts Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest draws hundreds of entries Three Lockport winners picked from pool of 113 Max Lapthorne, Editor Given the opportunity once again this year, area youths did not hesitate to show their love and appreciation for America’s armed forces. Publisher 22nd Century Media Southwest Chicago’s Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest for weeks asked for area children to download a blank heart entry form and color it, with all of the entries to be sent through an area organization to active military, as well as veterans. When all was said and done Feb. 8, the seven newspapers across the branch collected a total of 557 entries, with 113 of those coming from Lockport. The Lockport Legend’s staff judged the entries across three age categories based on creativity and neatness. The winner in the age 3-5 category was five-year-old Riann Cullen, whose neatly designed heart featured a layering of different colors, each of which reflected the Valentine’s Day season. Mckenna Leahy, 7, took home first prize in our 6-8 age range with a patriotic American flag design featuring the words “Thank you” in the center. Our 9-12 age range was hotly contested, but it was 10-year-old Gianna Frieri’s drawing of a soldier featuring a “Happy Valentine’s Day” greeting that stood above the rest. Each of the three winners are to receive a certificate for a free Kids’ Meal at Culver’s Tinley Park, 18248 Sayre Ave. Ten-year-old Gianna Frieri’s drawing of a soldier earned her first place in our 9-12 age range. Images submitted Mckenna Leahy, 7, was the winner in our 6-8 age range for her American flag drawing. Riann Cullen, 5, took home first prize for the age 3-5 category for this vibrant design. life & arts the Lockport Legend | February 16, 2017 | 23 LTHS Variety Show brings performing arts to center stage Megann Horstead Freelance Reporter The annual Lockport Township High School Variety Show hit the stage at East Campus on Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 9, featuring more than 30 acts. The event intends to serves as a fundraiser for the theatre department, but is also a way for students to have an outlet for their creativity. “There’s not many opportunities for the students who sing or kind of have unique talents to display them,” said Kristen Donnelly, assistant choir director and assistant theatre director at LTHS. “We have a student playing bagpipes, we have like a hula hoop routine.” Students performed individually or in groups to a crowd filled with parents and classmates as part of the two-day affair. Spectators settled in to get seats for the latter show as the curtains were drawn and the show started with a live performance by the LTHS jazz band. From the classic tunes of Elvis Presley to the popular sounds of Destiny’s Child, the variety show pulled out all the stops to entertain this year. The event even served as a space for students to showcase original compositions. LTHS student Brian Stapelton performed a live rendition of “Superego.” LTHS senior Melina Pluta said she was looking forward to getting involved in this year’s production. “I feel like they let everyone in who auditioned, so it’s really nice that everyone gets to participate,” she said. This year was Pluta’s second time participating in the variety show, and she said Andrew Beckwith leads a performance of the LTHS jazz band Thursday, Feb. 9, during the LTHS Variety Show at East Campus. Photos by Megann Horstead/22nd Century Media her favorite part was “definitely the bagpipes”. “I loved it,” she said. “They’re so good.” Pluta performed an original song called “Hurricane” as part of this year’s show. “I think a lot of people have passions that they’re passionate about,” she said. “It’s nice that they get to show everyone their talents.” LTHS senior John York was watching the variety show with a group of his friends. “It was like fun because we had a lot of our friends here,” he said. “It was a fun environment.” York is involved in the music department at LTHS through the symphonic band and wind symphony. Apart from performing in the variety show, his favorite part was seeing his classmates perform, he said. “I really liked Melina’s original song,” he said. Audiences enjoyed singing, dancing, skits, and instrumental performances covering a breadth of what the Lockport Township High School theatre department and drama club aim to offer. “The students are really “I think, for kids to come to sing, and [performing is] something that’s already kind of scary to do. Performing is scary. The audience is always really receptive and supportive.” Kristen Donnelly — assistant choir director and assistant theatre director at LTHS, on students performing at the variety show supportive of their friends or the groups that go,” Donnelly said. “It’s really a safe place, I think, for kids to come to sing, and [performing is] something that’s already kind of scary to do. Performing is scary. The audience is always really receptive and supportive.” Typically, the show brings in 200 spectators each night. “We’re hoping to perhaps move it to a different time of year in the future,” she said. “For now, we’re happy with the turnout… We’re hoping maybe in the future to put it more towards homecoming or something where people are going to events.” On average, the fundraiser brings in roughly $1,300, and the money raised will help fund a number of theatre department needs, Aubrey Rose Lazarz uses her voice to put on a show. including rental fees for Broadway Cares/Equity scripts and costumes. Fights AIDS. For more Part of Thursday night’s information, visit www. proceeds went toward Attention Builders: Advertise with 22nd Century Media Reach 92,000+ Southwest Suburban homes. ® Contact Lora Healy Kassidy Graf (left) and Noah Panos perform during the show. 708.326.9170 ext. 31