Celebration of Talent Feb. 8, 2020 Slate of Competitors Announced

Celebration of Talent Feb. 8, 2020 Slate of Competitors Announced

Performers ranging from dancers to musicians to comedians will compete for over $1,000 in cash and prizes in a variety talent competition at the Barrow-Civic Theatre on Saturday, February 8.  “Celebration of Talent”, presented by the Barrow-Civic Theatre and Franklin Rotary Club, received applications and audition videos from contestants representing 7 communities.  Out of these entries, twelve were selected to perform. The event will begin with the twelve contestants performing in the first round.  Through audience vote, five will move on to perform again in the final round.  Winners will be decided by final audience vote and announced at the end of the show.  First place wins $500 cash, second place wins $300, and third, fourth and fifth places win $100 Franklin Retail & Business Association gift certificates.

“Celebration of Talent” will take place on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $15. Reserved seating, advance reservations recommended. For tickets or more information, visit the Barrow-Civic Theatre at 1223 Liberty Street in Franklin, call (814) 437-3440, or visit barrowtheatre.com/celebrationoftalent.

Here are this year’s contestants in the preliminary round:

Photo 1: Ian Best Ian is a 21-year-old singer from Seneca who has been performing since his freshman year of high school and participated in 16 Barrow productions. He is very excited to be performing at the Celebration of Talent for the third time!

Photo 2: Kaylene Dunkle Kaylene Dunkle has been sharing her vast repertoire of vocal talent since the young age of 8 years old. Now 16, her compassionate soul is often strongly felt within her listener’s hearts.

Photo 3: Will Ion My name is Will Ion. I am 10 years old and attend Valley Grove Elementary. I love to play my guitar and sing.

Photo 4: Belle Hughes Belle Hughes is a junior at Grove City Area High School. Besides being involved in many school activities, she dances at Crossroads Dance Academy in Slippery Rock. Belle has won numerous awards for her dancing, including Miss Showbiz and Miss Prime Time, and is excited to share a little of her heart and passion through her dance with you tonight.

Photo 5: Nate Baker I am Nathaniel Baker, 16 years old of Oil City, Pennsylvania. Music has been my passion since I was born! I have been studying piano for nearly 12 years now; that has been since I could even climb up onto the bench of the piano. I compose my own music and also make covers of other performing artists. Other instruments I take on the side include: brass, low brass, woodwind, string, and of course percussion. Music is a passion that can only live in the heart, so let it beat on forever!

Photo 6: April Hayes My name is April V. Hayes.  I am a second-year student at Clarion University and will be obtaining my Bachelors in Rehabilitative Science in two more years.  I grew up forty-five minutes south of Indianapolis, I.N. and, at 18, went to Yellowstone National Park for the summer, before relocating here to P.A.  My favorite movies of all time are the Labyrinth, Hocus Pocus and Forest Gump.  I love to travel and one day I want to make my way to Budapest for what I think would be an amazing adventure.

Photo 7: Ashlynne Cornmesser Ashlynne Cornmesser is a fresh adult looking to “make it medium” in the world of theater and music. She loves The Barrow-Civic Theatre and is ecstatic to be performing here once again!

Photo 8: Aoife Salusky Aoife Salusky is a 7th grader from Clarion Area High School who loves participating in the FCOA Youth Theatre program and the HOLeY JEANS choir. She enjoys singing and playing her guitar at open mic nights and community events.

Photo 9: Tim Craver A small town country singer just chasin’ that neon rainbow. For fans of Garth, Strait, Jackson and McGraw, his voice is right at home.

Photo 10: Nathaniel Lerch Nathaniel Lerch is a Senior at Clarion Area High School and participates in cross country, band, Student Council, National Honors Society, and track. He plans to pursue a degree at Pepperdine University, majoring in chemistry on a pre-veterinary track.

Photo 11: Noah Rodgers Noah started his singing career at Rocky Grove Junior Senior High School’s talent show program. Noah would like to thank his family, friends and musical teachers to help push him to do his best in events like tonight’s competition and forward. Break a leg, everyone!

Photo 12: Keller Harry Your typical teenager, Keller Harry of Franklin was looking for a way to get out of chores when he signed up for this talent show. He hopes he wins, since after tonight he will no longer have the excuse that he’s practicing his routine and will need the money to pay someone to clean his room.  His routine is original stand up, so he prefers a comedic introduction. He is a student at Rocky Grove High School.


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