The Choo Choo Kids from Center for Creative Arts

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› What: Barnett & Company Sunday Showcase.

› When: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

› Where: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Fine Arts Center, 725 Vine St.

› Admission: $10 adults, $5 students, free for children 5 and younger, plus $1 processing fee per ticket added by UTC box office.

› Phone: 423-425-4269.

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Ballet Tennessee dancers
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Chattanooga Girls Choir

Want a preview of the next generation of artists Chattanooga will produce?

Take a seat at the Performing Arts League's Sunday Showcase on Sunday, Oct. 23, and enjoy the talent of more than 100 teens who participate in local vocal, dance and instrumental organizations. This youth talent show will begin at 4 p.m. at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Fine Arts Center. And the entertainment is a good bargain for a $10 ticket.

Performing will be members of Ballet Tennessee, Choo Choo Kids from Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga Ballet, Chattanooga Boys Choir, Chattanooga Girls Choir, CSO Youth Orchestras, Chattanooga Theatre Centre's Youth Theatre, Civic Ballet of Chattanooga and Sai Natyalaya dance school.

Sai Natyalaya is an Indian dance school directed by Jayashree Sadanandan. She says her dancers will present the dance form known as barathanatyam, a classical Indian dance.

Even the emcees for this show will be teens: Kent Glass of McCallie School and Allie Lancaster from Signal Mountain Middle/High School. Allan Ledford is serving as director.

This is the third year Performing Arts League has presented Sunday Showcase. PAL president Linda Thompson explains that the showcase fits with the organization's mission.

"Performing Arts League is a nonprofit that promotes youth involvement in the arts. We are trying to give students a chance to perform and develop their talent. We work harder and harder to provide these opportunities," Thompson says.

She adds that Sunday Showcase and PAL's annual fashion show are the group's two biggest fundraisers to support their work. Since 2014, PAL has made 15 financial awards that have ranged from purchasing uniforms for the Howard High School Band, to sending a young organist to Westminster Choir College organ camp, funding tuition for singers to participate in the Chattanooga Boys Choir or Girls Choir, providing scholarships for students to attend Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, and awarding scholarships to fund music lessons.

Contact Susan Pierce at or 423-757-6284.


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