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Orcas Has Talent auditions

Islands Sounder Reporter
January 15, 2014 · Updated 4:33 PM

There will be singing, aerial silk performing, magic and a few surprises.

It’s the annual “Orcas Has Talent,” a community event where the audience will vote for their favorite “act.”

The winner will once again take home a $500 cash prize on Feb. 8 at Orcas Center.

The adult auditions and Orcas Has Talent Junior competition, featuring fifth through eighth grades, will be held at the Grange on Saturday, Jan. 18. Juniors perform at 2 p.m. and the adult show is 7:30 p.m.

The winner of the junior competition will be awarded $50, a chance to compete against the adults and have a shot at winning a total of $550. Or they can choose to not compete and perform one song at the February show.

The Finale Show is at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Orcas Center.

Tickets for auditions on Jan. 19 at the Grange is $5 for youth and $10 for adults at the door.

All net proceeds go to Orcas Open Arts and Point Blank high school leadership program. Point Blank is a chapter of the national organization called Students Against Destructive Decisions whose mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.

Event producer Donna Laslo urges islanders to be part of the show and support a great community cause.

“There is a wide variety of talent, and we want to urge people to jump in even at the last minute, it’s never too late,” said Laslo.

Judges Susan Osborn, Gene Nery and Bob Shipstad will award the top eight acts their “Golden Ticket,” which is a pass to compete at the finale at Orcas Center.

“The judges do an excellent job of mentoring and creating an environment where contestants can learn,” said Laslo.

The audition not only gives the audience a good show, but offers performers a chance to broaden their horizons with supportive feedback from the judges.

“It’s a chance to have a moment,” she said. “This show has amazing opportunities for artists to grow.”

For more information about Orcas Has Talent or to register, email orcashastalent@gmail.com.


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