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Soroptimists Planning Inaugural Variety Show
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Shown are just a handful of the participants that will be featured in the Oakdale Talent Variety Show being hosted by Soroptimist International of Oakdale, SIO. Two shows are planned on Saturday, Nov. 4. Shown, back row from left, Gabriella McDonald, Riley Miller, Jeff Pierce, Sarah Lawson. Front row from left, Kathy Bauman, Caitlyn Barreda, Parker Motz, Ava Imura, Kaitlyn Hopkins. Photo Contributed

It’s an event which serves as both a fundraiser and entertainment for the community at large and Oakdale High alum Colleen Hawks-Pierce could not be more excited to share it.

Hosted by Soroptimist International of Oakdale, SIO, the inaugural Oakdale Talent Variety Show will be staged Saturday, Nov. 4 at Living Hope Church, Oakdale. Two shows will be staged, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Hawks-Pierce said of the first-time event.

“Some of our up-and-coming pop singers from the area are going to be performing. I have artists with original songs,” she continued, noting the 60- to 75-minute shows will host talents of all types as well as ages. “There’s going to be a wide variety.”

As a newer member of the women based non-profit service group, Hawks-Pierce shared the Soroptimists were looking for a new fundraiser to introduce to the community as well as help continue to support varying programs and efforts throughout Oakdale.

“Coming back to Oakdale I had these skills and I was kind of looking for a creative outlet,” she said. “It seems an easy fit for a fundraiser to bring the community together.”

The Oakdale High alum has spent the past several decades in New York City as an accomplished Broadway actress, dancer and singer. Prior to returning to Oakdale with her husband Jeff in August of 2022, the performer also worked as a voice coach as well as in directing and choreography

Returning to the 95361 to support family, the Broadway actress shared she is enjoying tapping into her creative side to assist with the Soroptimist effort.

“There were several factors involved. We’d been looking for another fundraising event,” she said of the Variety Show, sharing further her hope that it will continue as an annual event looked forward to by the community.

“I really wanted it to encompass the entire community,” she said of the talent and age ranges. “It’s amazing how much talent we have in this little town.”

With auditions being held earlier in the fall, Hawks-Pierce shared rehearsals have focused on bringing a seamless and entertaining Variety Show to the community. While a talent show format was also discussed, she shared the group felt stronger about showcasing the local talent than hosting a competition.

“I am hoping that it comes together into a very professional show. It should remind them of some of those old variety shows we used to watch,” she said. “The hope that it is so entertaining that people want to come see it next year and it becomes very prestigious to be in. That is the hope. That is the goal.”