Board Taps Local Talent to Emcee Talent Show

KSCB News - February 5, 2016 7:56 am

Liberal, Kansas— Sometimes you have to look no further than your own volunteer board to find the right person for the job. Emceeing this year’s Pancake Day Talent Show Finals Saturday evening will be Dr. Jack Jacob, past Pancake Day General Chairman and local pastor.
“Jack did such a great job speaking at events when he was chairman last year, I thought he’d be the perfect choice for emcee,” said Sally Fuller, Pancake Day Talent Show chairman. “Plus, he is passionate about Pancake Day and Liberal.”
Dr. Jacob is well known in the Liberal community, not only as the senior pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, but also as a sports commentator. Each fall, he does play-by-play commentary for 102.7 The Legend’s area Games of the Week, and he covers local sports on Fridays for KDGL TV Channel 23.
In addition to serving on the Pancake Day Board, Dr. Jacob is president of the Liberal Area Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for the Liberal Ministerial Alliance, and serves on many other boards.
He holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO., and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, GA.
In addition to pastoring churches for the past 19 years, Jacob also spent 11 years in the U. S. Navy as a chief petty officer.
Dr. Jacob and his family moved to Liberal in 2007. He and his wife, Keyanne, have three children, Clint, Victoria, and Ryann.

While Jack Jacob keeps the show moving on stage, judges will be working behind the scenes. Judges for this year’s show are Adam Wagner, Misty Beck, and Mike King.

Adam Wagner is the executive director of the Twilight Theatre in Greensburg. A graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Wagner spent his early 20s in New York City as a professional actor, studied privately with Broadway composers and produced his own concerts showcasing his songwriting. Making the switch to arts administration, Wagner was named artistic director of Grandstreet Theatre in Helena, Montana, and later went on to develop a new musical theatre curriculum for Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts. During his time in Florida, Wagner served as Vice President of Theatre Tampa Bay, an alliance organization for the region’s professional theaters. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and can be seen as Phil in the cult horror film, Teeth.

Misty Beck is in her 17th year at Pratt Community College and her sixth year as Performing Arts Director/Instructor. She teaches theatre and public speaking classes, directs three musicals per year, the PCC Kids’ Choir for Kindergarten through fifth grade and a large summer music theatre camp for kids. Beck also co-directs PCC’s show choir, Encore, and is the lead recruiter and fundraiser for the department. She has volunteered for many years with the Miss Kansas Organization in production, operations and prep. Beck holds a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and singing with both the praise band at her church and the community praise band “On the Hill”.

Mike King has led the Kansas Department of Transportation and its 2,400 employees since being named Secretary of Transportation by Gov. Sam Brownback in March 2012. His duties expanded in July 2013 when he also became Director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority. He also served a one-year term as president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials. For more than 20 years, King owned King Enterprise Group, a central Kansas construction company. He sold the company in 2012 after being named Transportation Secretary. Secretary King is a 1981 graduate of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., from which he earned a degree in building construction. He and his wife Peggy have four children.

The Pancake Day Talent Show is slated for 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the James Maskus Auditorium at Liberal High School and will spotlight 20 finalist acts as they compete for trophies and prize money in four divisions. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at and at the Tourist Information Center, One Yellow Brick Road; the Pancake Day Hall of Fame; or First National Bank in Liberal. Tickets will also be available Saturday morning at the Pancake Eating and Flipping Contests at the Girl Scout Building in Light Park. The Talent Show is hosted by the Liberal Noon Lions Club and sponsored by United Wireless. For more information, call 620-624-6423.


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