Sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter Kayla Kroh performed at York County restaurants for more than a year before state law brought the curtain down on her shows.
She and her family recently learned children under 18 are banned from performing in establishments that hold liquor licenses, so the Central York High student will no longer appear at her regular venues like The Cove or Stone Grille & Taphouse.
What really hit a sour note with the family, however, is the apparently arbitrary nature of the rules.
Pennsylvania's Child Labor Law allows minors 16 years and older to perform duties — such as serving food and busing tables — in a restaurant that serves alcohol, as long as the sale of food and non-alcoholic drinks equals 40 percent or more of the combined gross sales of both food and booze.
So Kayla — whose performances range from country to pop to jazz — wouldn't have to worry if her repertoire instead consisted of clearing dishes and wiping tables.
"I'm not sure it makes a whole lot of sense," said state Rep. Ron Miller.
Kayla's family enlisted the Jacobus Republican to help change the law, and Miller said his staff already is working with the House Liquor Control Committee to amend a proposed bill already on the table.
Unfortunately for Kayla, she may be performing legally before the Legislature actually takes action on the bill, which Miller said could get tied up in the liquor store-privitization issue.
"I don't know," he said. "We'll try."
Meanwhile, Kayla will continue entertaining on other stages.
In December she opened for American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and finalist Kristy Lee Cook at the York Expo Center, and she's in the running for a spot in the Central PA Music Fest in Wrightsville this summer.
And who knows? Maybe lawmakers will quickly change the law and allow Kayla to return to her regular gigs.
It would be a shame to see a young talent stifled because of nonsensical laws and legislative gridlock.