The Lake Arts Council will present the Lake Arts Variety Showcase on April 7 at 7 p.m. at School of the Osage.

The Lake Arts Council will present the Lake Arts Variety Showcase on April 7 at 7 p.m. at School of the Osage. Well-known local educator and performer Diane Oltman, now in her 14th year of directing the program, has assembled an excellent mix of singers, poets, actors, and instrumentalists to entertain Lake residents and guests. Recognized for her many acting roles in community theater, including the Lake Area Performing Arts Guild, several community theater groups in Iowa and Illinois, as well as directing musicals for the Lebanon Community Theatre, Diane has taught vocal music in public school and has directed junior high, high school and church choirs. Through the years, she has instructed many students in private lessons.

With the annual Variety Showcase ever in the back of her mind, she seeks out new talent throughout the year. She takes great pleasure in developing the format for the program with many variables each year.

Over the past two decades, the Variety Showcase has become a highly anticipated event for performers and audiences alike. The level of talent at the Lake is well known, but audiences are delighted to discover the wide range of performance styles and genres.

This year’s performers include recognized names and newcomers. Bob Bair, Joe Barker, Gemma Campanini, Vanessa Hebrank, Michael Lindeman, Yetta McConnell, Elena Neal, Amy Reiske, Margo Strothmann, Lori Ann Stuckmeyer, Carolyn Thompson, Layla Thurman, Beth Torimino, Shay Torimino, and Larry Williams will share time on stage. Other performers may join the cast if their schedules permit.

The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Previously-owned art pieces will be for sale in the lobby at reduced prices.

The talent showcase is sponsored in part by Ameren Missouri and the Missouri Arts Council. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (K-12) and may be purchased at the door, by calling the Lake Arts Council at 573-964- 6366 or by emailing administrator@artsatthelake.com.