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Mt. Pleasant's Got Talent organizers seeking contestants

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

With autumn fast approaching and the Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival less than two months away, organizers are searching for talent of all kinds to compete in this year's Mt. Pleasant's Got Talent.

“We used to have a vocal competition but changed it so other acts could participate. The audience likes the variety a lot better,” chair Darlene Trout said.

This is the fourth year the contest will be held at the popular festival in Mt. Pleasant Borough. This year's festival will be held Sept. 27-29. The two preliminary rounds will be held the second day of the festival, with the finals on the last day.

“We only take the first 12 acts that register. Six perform in each round and we pick three from each round to move on to the finals,” Trout said.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three performers at the finals with first place winning $200, second place $100 and third place $50.

Trout said Brad Geyer, president of the board at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale, will emcee the contest again this year.

“I am very happy that I'll be the emcee for Mt. Pleasant's Got Talent for the fourth year. Working with the glass festival team is always fun, and I enjoy helping when I can,” Geyer said.

Judges for this year's contest include musician Rob Zelmore, vocal coach Joann Kashinsky and dancer Ellen McCloy.

“The group of judges have always been professional but have a real hard job. So much great talent comes out, and just like the hit TV show, there are many different kinds of talent,” Geyer said.

Geyer has been impressed by the talented children and adults who have competed in the contest over the years.

“I don't get a list before, so I'm as surprised to see and hear the acts as the crowd. And speaking of the crowd, rain or shine, they are standing and cheering for their favorite,” he said.

One of those performers was Katelyn Ritenour, 17, of Normalville. Ritenour a singer, won the contest two years ago.

“When I competed in Mt. Pleasant's Got Talent, I enjoyed performing my original song in front of a large enthusiastic audience, and also getting to compete against many other talented individuals,” Ritenour said. “Winning the contest to me, meant that the people must have obviously enjoyed listening to my music, and that is something that is always very rewarding to me.”

Trout said talents of all kinds are welcome including groups, instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers, novelty acts, magicians, comedians, etc. Each performance is limited to 3 minutes.

Contestants must fill out an application and pay a $10 registration fee. Applications are available at the Mt. Pleasant Borough office or by calling Trout at 724-547-9632.

Only the first 12 applications will be accepted. The festival committee has the right to refuse any act at its discretion. Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must have parental permission.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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