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BVA's Jacob Kubitza staging variety show

Jacob Kubitza, 16, a Belle Vernon Area High School sophomore, is staging a variety show, called “That’s Entertainment,' at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Belle Vernon Area High School. Proceeds from the event will help him renovate the BVA drama department's props and costume room for his eagle scout project.

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By The Valley Independent
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Belle Vernon Area High School student is staging a variety show this weekend to help raise money for his eagle scout project.

Jacob Kubitza, 16, a sophomore, is finalizing plans for the show, called “That's Entertainment.” The variety show will start at 7 p.m. Sunday at Belle Vernon Area High School. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Jacob, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1543 from St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in North Belle Vernon, said proceeds will be used to help him begin his eagle scout project. He plans on renovating and expanding the BVA drama department's costume and prop room.

“Currently, their storage area is a 20-foot by 8-foot cubby lined with old metal shelves,” said Jacob, a guitar player and member of the symphonic band. “I am going to replace the metal shelves with custom wooden shelves and construct a large area to hang costumes. I am also going to use an adjacent area to build additional ceiling to floor shelves and an area to store larger items.”

Jacob said the drama department often gets requests to rent their props and costumes from former shows.

“It has been very difficult for them to do this because everything is scattered, hard to find and difficult to get to,” Jacob said. “Once the area is renovated, everything will have its place, be easily accessible and the staff will be able to get the items without difficulty to pass them along to whomever wants to rent them. This will result in increased revenue for the drama department. Hundreds of students will benefit from this project for years to come.”

Jacob said the variety show will feature vocalists, instrumentalists, dance numbers and monologue acts. Several students from the drama department, chorus, band and dance team will be performing. Michael Rozell, head of the drama department, will perform a duet with Kristy Ochs. A cookie reception will follow the show.

Jacob is the son of Chris and Keith Kubitza of Washington Township.

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