Local talented individuals, of all ages and experience, will showcase their talents in ‘Show Off!’ Presented by Brainerd Community Theatre, the free 2 p.m. April 24 afternoon event promises to be a fun event filled with singers, poets, and instrumentalists.
‘Show Off!’ producer George Marsolek proposed the event following BCT’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ virtual show in December. “We heard so many positive comments from audience members and from those who performed that it was an easy decision to bring back the talent show format,” said Marsolek. “We put out the call and received a lot of interested replies from people who want to share their talents with the public.”
The event will be held outdoors on the BCT stage on the south lawn of Central Lakes College’s Brainerd campus. BCT Director Patrick Spradlin sees this as a perfect venue for the show. “We moved our summer season outdoors last year following the pandemic shut-down,” said Spradlin, “and we will be doing the same this summer. ‘Show Off!’ is our kick-off event for an expanded season of outdoor events for 2021.”
‘Show Off!’ is similar to other talent show formats, Marsolek noted, except that competition is secondary to the performances. “We’ll have a panel of what we’re calling ‘coaches,’ who will offer their constructive criticism following each act. The audience will vote on their favorite performers, using an ‘Applause-o-Meter’ to determine who is the crowd favorite.”
Spradlin hopes that each performer will draw a good number of friends and family audience members to support their work. “This is all being done in the spirit of fun and celebration of the performers. We’re hoping that it will be an immensely enjoyable experience for all who participate.”
The coaches for the event are: Steven Anderson, retired CLC music instructor and well-known solo performer, Sarah Aamot, CLC voice instructor and director of the Legacy Chorale; and Beth Selinger, local actress and director. Emcees are Patrick Spradlin and Maren Goff Martin.
Appearing in the show are:
Katey Haons performing an original slam poem; Conroy Scott playing guitar and singing an original song called ‘The Long Lung Blues,’ Andy Cook performing an original song; Charley Wagner playing an original song; 9 year-old Rosalie Flynn performing on violin; Zanna Gray singing ‘Hallelujah‘ with her brother Christian Freeburg providing accompaniment; Benjiman Schlegel showcasing his dancing skills, to the song ‘Us Against the World;’ and Bella Hansen singing a song called ‘Xs and Os.’
Those attending ‘Show Off!’ are encouraged to read and follow the COVID guidelines posted on the Central Lakes College website (www.clcmn.edu). A pre-screening tool is found there; those who haven’t completed the screening will be asked to do so at the event. Names and phone numbers will be requested for potential contact tracing. There is a rain-out date of May 1 should inclement weather cancel the April 24 performances.
For more information on ‘Show Off!’ visit the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center website at www.clcperformingarts.com