Kean Quest Semi-Finalists Announced for Youth Round 1

Breea Bonnett, 11, Natrona Heights, won the Audience Choice Award during the Youth Preliminary Round One of the 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search, formerly Kean Idol, on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road.  Bonnett performed “What are You Waiting For” by Natalie Grant.  She is a fifth grader at Grandview Upper Elementary School.  Trisha Pittman, WPXI-TV Traffic Anchor, was the emcee. Bonnett performed with 24 acts in the first round of the fundraising competition, which continues through April 5.  Based on scores from a panel of judges, Bonnett and 12 others from the Youth Preliminary Round One will move onto semi-final competition on Sunday, March 17.  The semi-finalists are:
  • Haley Butina, Ligonier
  • Diana Craycroft, Munhall
  • Abbey Evanko, Scott Township
  • Sarah Fair, Allison Park
  • Claire Fonzo, Irwin
  • Sabrina Knox, Valencia
  • Nicole Morrison, Aliquippa
  • Pallavi Muluk, Baden
  • Duet of Pallavi and Sruthi Muluk, Baden
  • Kolette Tetlow, Mount Lebanon
  • Hayden Unitas, Gibsonia
  • Maura Yates, Sewickley

There is still time to register for the Youth Preliminary Rounds and Adult Competition by calling 724-443-0700, Ext. 5310, or by visiting The 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search benefits the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which in 2012 alone provided nearly $4.5 million to poor and low-income residents at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St Barnabas who otherwise would not be able to afford their care. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

The signature sponsor of the 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search is Northern Connection Magazine. Event sponsors are Armstrong, Audible Images, Austin’s, Comcast Spotlight, Consolidated Communications, DKYS&B, Donner-Farber & Associates, Fifty Five Plus, Geyer Construction, Gordon Food Service, In Tune With The Arts, Mars National Bank, NET Xperts, Parks Moving and Storage, Schellhaas Funeral Home, Slebodnik Paving, Subway, Trib Total Media and WPXI-TV.

The Kean Theatre is open to the public and has built a reputation for its convenient location, free parking, quality entertainment and elegant setting.  The theatre is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fund-raising arm of St. Barnabas Health System.  St. Barnabas Health System includes St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, The Arbors at St. Barnabas, The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas, White Tail Ridge, The Washington Place at St. Barnabas, St. Barnabas Medical Center and Rudolph Auto Repair.

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