Pennsylvania princesses, tiaras and tears on their way to Connellsville
By Nancy Henry
Published: Friday, March 29, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
The 2013 Pennsylvania Pageant will be held at the Edwin S. Porter Theater in the Connellsville Community Center on April 6.
This is a professional pageant.
Eight age divisions will be represented, three of which are main divisions where the winners will go on to national competition in Houston, Texas and work with world-renowned hair and make-up artist Gaspar Cruz.
The winners will compete against others from across the country.
Organizers say participants from all over Pennsylvania will be at the Connellsville Community Center for the event.
The Pennsylvania pageant directors are Leigh Langgle and her daughter Kelsey Landy of Connellsville.
A national television producer and crew will be filming the event as well as filming Langgle and Landy, who are owners of Pageant-Perfect.
Several of Langgle and Landy's current winners will attend the Pennsylvania Pageant at the Porter Theater including Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania Nicole Carney of Cranberry Township who went on to win the National Title of Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. United States 2012 and Miss T.E.E.N. Pennsylvania Kailey Verbickey of Johnstown, as well as other.
Princess divisions include baby (newborn to 23 months) in formal dress and play wear; toddler (ages 2-3) in formal dress and play wear; Mini Miss (ages 4-6) in formal dress, play wear and an interview; Little Miss (ages 7-9) in formal dress, play wear and an interview and Young Miss (ages 10-12) in formal dress, play wear and an interview.
Langgle and Landy are not only excited about the April 6 pageant being held at the Porter but are also excited about the television filming, which is for a possible upcoming reality television show, said Lori Kosisko, with the Connellsville Community Center.
“We are especially thrilled about this opportunity as it was not something that we went looking for; an associate producer had found us,” said Landy.
In addition to the visiting queens from across Pennsylvania, several from other states will be in attendance at the April 6 pageant along with pageant celebrity judges coming from Los Angeles, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
“Pageants are a great experience for girls because it gives them confidence to speak in front of people. The Princess divisions are natural which means they can only wear very light simple make-up or none at all. This is not a glitz pageant with false eyelashes, fake hair or teeth. Our goal is to help young women and girls improve their confidence while making new friends. We guarantee an amazing experience for all that attend,” said Landy.
Advance tickets can be purchased online. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Visit www.pennsylvaniateenpageant.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the pageant.
The pageant starts at 6 p.m.
The contestants will be busy in the morning and afternoon with interviews and rehearsals.
“Ticket sales are open to the public as we want everyone to share in this special event as the producer from Los Angeles and film crew are returning to the area to film at the pageant for an upcoming reality television show based on Landy and Langgle and their Pageant-Perfect Team,” said Kosisko.
Associate staff of Pageant-Perfect includes photographer Ken Brooks and coach Troy Michael from Connellsville and coach Lisa Wood from Cornelius, North Carolina. The team coaches girls all across the United States to pageant wins.
The Porter Theater is located at 201 E. Fairview Ave.
Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.
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