Last updated: June 01. 2013 1:26PM - 276 Views
Taylor Pardue
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Elkin High School’s Project Management II will hold a “Elkin’s Got Talent” talent show May 5 to help aid in the restoration efforts of the Reeves Theater Restoration Project.

The show is also Houston Parks’ senior project, enabling him to complete the requirements for graduation from Elkin High.

Originally designed for the Reeves stage, the plans had to be altered due to the car wreck that damaged the front of the building. The show will now be presented at Elkin’s Dixon Auditorium.

Tickets will be sold at the door: $3 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for adults. Those ages 5 and younger not attending school are admitted free.

Open auditions will be held Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Those who wish to audition digitally may submit their song or video at elkinsgottalent.weebly.com.

Each participant must complete a showcase application (due April 6), release/waiver of liability (due April 20), a live or recorded audition (due online by April 13, only live auditions required April 6), and payment of the registration fee by April 20.

The registration fee is $10 for the younger group and $20 for the older.

The auditions will limit the number of acts to 15 per age group, but there are no limits to the number of applicants for those spots.

The talent show will have two contestant groups, those under 14 years old and those 15 and older. Any acts are welcome, and the show is family-friendly, said Beth Felts, the management class’ instructor.

Felts said her students had an American Idol-themed show in mind. As part of that style of audience participation, votes for winners will be taken from the audience via texts. Each audience member will get one vote via text to determine each showcase winner.

Three winners will be awarded for each level of competition. Prizes include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medallion, cash/downtown merchant prize amounts valued up to $100.00. Each showcase participant will receive a commemorative participant pin.

Felts said that although it was disappointing not to host the show in its intended venue, the added seating at the school would allow 600 visitors compared to only 150 available seats at the Reeves.

Included with the show will be performances by Time Sawyer and Luke Mears. The artists will perform in between showcases.

The class hopes to raise $1500 toward the Reeves Theater restoration. The money will go to the next stage of renovation – heating and air systems for the facility.

Felts said the students in her class are responsible for designing a community service project and carrying it out with minimal adult supervision. The class is composed of three seniors, a junior, and a sophomore.

She said it was an interesting class and interest was picking up. “Students love it,” Felts said.

Felts said the Project Management class was the first of two “Level II” courses, the other being in Wake County. Only five “Level I” classes are offered in the state.

Elkin hopes to add a “Level III” class next year to allow students to do a project totally on their own.

For more information on the talent show visit www.elkinsgottalent.weebly.com.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.

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