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March 22, 2011 > Students performing to help earthquake and tsunami victims

Students performing to help earthquake and tsunami victims

By Alissa Gwynn
Photos By courtesy of MSJ Key Club

A cappella groups, contemporary and cultural dancers, bands, and many more performers are gearing up for Mission San Jose High School (MSJ) Key Club's 2nd Annual variety show, "Key Club's Got Talent: Feeling Superhuman" (KCGT). Proceeds from the show, Saturday, March 26 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Chadbourne Elementary School in Fremont, will be donated to Red Cross to aid those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"Being a high school service organization, we [MSJ Key Club] are always looking for ways to give back to both our local and global communities," says Jeffrey Liang, Key Club Vice-President and Co-Committee Chair of KCGT. "In light of the recent natural disaster in Japan, we felt that it would be wrong not to do everything we can, even as teenagers, to help the tsunami victims."

The two-hour-long show is completely student-run. Although MSJ Key Clubbers are mentored by Fremont Kiwanis members and Faculty Advisor Joyce Wong, Key Club members have been responsible for everything from emceeing and organizing auditions to making decorations and rehearsing. "We have all been working extremely hard for the past few months to put together a really good show. There will be dancing, singing, and free refreshments, all for a great cause. What's not to like?" says Liang.

Tickets for KCGT are $10 pre-sale, and $12 at the door, and include free refreshments. Some notable performers include: Kathak (Indian classical dance) dancers from Chhandam Youth Dance Company, MSJ a cappella group Syncopasians, and hip-hop dancers from MSJ's Cor Dance Club, though there will be 14 acts in the entire 2-hour show, with a brief intermission halfway through. Most performers are talented high school students.

The show is open to all ages, and MSJ Key Club encourages community members to come out and enjoy a great show while doing their part to help earthquake and tsunami victims. Annie Gu, also Co-Committee Chair, says, "When we think of charities and donations, we automatically think 'third-world countries,' 'homeless shelter,' or something to that effect. But we don't really think about the fact that the next disaster could be at our own doorstep. [We are] putting ourselves in the shoes of people in Japan...and using our own talents to do whatever we can to help them in the series of misfortune."

To buy tickets or for more information, email or call (510) 366-6008. You can also visit the Facebook event page at

Key Club's Got Talent: Feeling Superhuman
Saturday, March 26
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Chadbourne Elementary School
801 Plymouth Ave., Fremont
(510) 366-6008

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