Columbia native Shana Farr brings performance back to her hometown



Even though she’s lived in New York City for 12 years, singer Shana Farr still tells people Columbia is her home.

For the second year in a row, Farr is sharing her show with her hometown. The show, called “Finding the Magic,” is scheduled for three dates: Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at Jack’s Gourmet, 1903 Business Loop 70 E.

The show will be a cabaret-style performance that comprises a mix of songs Farr chose that help tell how she “found magic in music,” she said.

The show will feature songs Julie Andrews, her childhood idol, has sung throughout the years.

“I grew up idolizing Julie Andrews, so when I was a kid, I decided I wanted to learn all of the songs she had sung,” Farr said. “I haven’t mastered her entire repertoire, but I know a lot of them.”

Farr said her favorite song featured in her show is “Crazy World” by Henry Mancini from the musical “Victor/Victoria.” She said the song “summarizes the whole impact of the show” by relaying a message of persistence and never giving up.

“Life isn’t always easy, but you never know what could happen in this crazy world,” Farr said. “You just have to forge ahead when it gets challenging.”

Melissa Applegate, co-owner of Jack’s Gourmet, looks forward to the show.

“It was a full-out crowd (last year) and we’ve had so many requests to have her come back again,” Applegate said. “The reason why it’s unique is that she’s a local girl from Columbia, Mo. Most people make it in New York and stay in New York.”

Tickets for the show are $20, and food is an additional cost. Applegate recommended making a reservation while seats are available.

Farr, who graduated from Hickman High School in 1994, looks forward to returning to Columbia.

“I’m really excited to come home. It’s exciting to be able to share what I do with people who’ve watched me grow,” she said. “It’s always fun to come back to home base and share what I’ve been experiencing.”


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