“Olathe’s Got Talent,” an event which showcases Olathe students and their various talents, is now accepting applications for participants for the April 29 show. Many applicants choose to perform a vocal, instrumental, dance, gymnastic, etc. act, while other students may compete in visual arts or in a newly added category which challenges them to create a video. This year’s video theme is “What the World Gains from Optimism.” More than $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year.
Second graders through seniors who reside in Olathe and who are public, private or homeschool students are eligible to apply in the performance category, while the visual arts and video category is restricted to juniors and seniors attending an Olathe School District high school and residing within district boundaries.
The deadline to apply in the performance or video category is Friday, March 10. Performance auditions will be held March 28 and April 1. Visual artists need to apply by April 14. Visit the Olathe Noon Optimist Club website or Olathe’s Got Talent on FaceBook to watch the video and download the application for specific guidelines for each category.
The Bell Cultural Center on the MidAmerica Nazarene campus in Olathe will host “Olathe’s Got Talent” on Saturday, April 29 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The show will be comprised of 20 performance art finalists. Visual art submissions will be on display, and videos will be shown throughout the evening. Audience members will be able to cast a vote or votes for their favorite performers. Judges will evaluate the stage performances, and scholarships will be awarded in various categories.
Luke Harbor won the Simmons Show Stopper Award Winner in 2012 for his unusual skill of beatboxing. “My art form was something I really wanted to show people, and… even if I didn’t get the scholarship, I got to be in front of an audience who really cared about what I did.”
Directed by Victor J. Dougherty, “Olathe’s Got Talent” is presented by Olathe Lincoln Ford and organized by the Bell Cultural Events Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University and Olathe Noon Optimists. This program was created to provide an opportunity to showcase Olathe student talent and to raise funds to support school and community projects for Olathe youth. 2017 marks the 7th year that proceeds from “Olathe’s Got Talent” will provide scholarships and supplemental funds to theater arts programs in the Olathe Public Schools.
Besides Olathe Lincoln Ford, sponsors of this event include Enterprise Bank & Trust, Simmons Bank, Panera Bread, Heise-Meyer, Olathe Health, Olathe Noon Optimist Foundation, Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting, Fry Orthodontic Specialists, Bleakley Development Company, Larry Campbell, Arvest Bank, McCown Gordon Construction, Merit Bank, Phelps Engineering, Inc., RUF Strategic Solutions, Strickland Construction Company, Linda and Dr. Ron Wimmer, and Chuck Nigro.