Andrew Nikkanen, a third-year Fine Arts student will be performing in the show for the third time.
Andrew Nikkanen, a third-year Fine Arts student will be performing in the show for the third time.

Over 50 Georgian staff and students will share their hidden talents at the 25th annual Georgian’s Got Talent (or not) Benefit Concert to help raise funds for financially-challenged students. Performances will take place Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24 at the Georgian Theatre.

The benefit concert will feature all sorts of acts: dance, music, and comedy.

“It’s a true variety show – you never know what to expect,” says director Elaine Murray, who has been on the organizing committee for 25 years. “We are extremely excited this year as we’re marking the show’s 25th anniversary, Georgian’s 50th and Canada its 150th.”

The show is hosted by local comedian, and Georgian staffer, Andrea Murray – whose antics are always memorable.

“There’s no telling what Andrea will come up with this year,” says Elaine Murray. “She has graced the stage as everything from Miley Cyrus to a singing cow.”

Proceeds from this year’s show will fund the annual Gord Bastian Memorial Entrance Award, as well as Georgian’s financial aid bursaries.

“To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we will be featuring a Canadian theme,” says director Elaine Murray. “We will also be celebrating Georgian’s 50th by bringing back a few retired staff members and past performers to present Georgian milestones. This show is going to be very special.”

Tickets are $15 and a dinner/show special is available for $30. Students, seniors and alumni can purchase tickets for $10. Tickets can be purchased at GeorgianCollege.ca/benefit-concert, Bear Essentials Stores at Georgian’s Barrie and Orillia campuses, or at the door.

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