Olathe’s Got Talent finalists set for April 29 show

Twenty finalists have been selected to compete at “Olathe’s Got Talent,” an evening filled with these Olathe students showcasing their various vocal, dance and instrumental talents. When it’s over, more than $5,000 in scholarships will have been awarded to the top performers.
Finalists, by school, are:  Maddie Tyson from California Trail, Eli Hoedl from Chisolm Trail, Sydney Muder from Frontier Trail, Bethany Wray from Heritage Christian, Brooklyn Funk from Indian Trail, Kendall Ficken from Millbrooke, Ayshah Kern from Northview, Jessica Chitwood, Evelyn Dubey and Wyatt Walberg from Olathe East,  Alice Liu, Sophie Schulte and Kavya Nataraj & Group from Olathe North, Thomas Barnes, Max Cooper and Riley David from Olathe Northwest, Andrew Allen, Kyle Kersten, Chase Simmons, Peter Winslow, Alexia King and Brittany Taylor from Olathe South, and Garrison Galley from St. Thomas Aquinas.  Alternates are: Summer Darpinian from California Trail, Dwayne Ellis from Olathe North, LyLena Estabine and Elizabeth Booze from Olathe Northwest and Shailyn Ross from Santa Fe Trail.

Olathe junior and senior visual art students still have time to apply to submit their work by April 14. Visit the Olathe Noon Optimist Club website or Olathe’s Got Talent on FaceBook to download the application and specific guidelines for art submissions. Visual art submissions will be on display the evening of the event.

Marc Wayne will emcee the program. Ticket holders 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.

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. with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets may be purchased online at the MidAmerica Nazarene University ticket office at tickets.MNU.edu.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the Bell Cultural Center Monday through Friday between 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door on April 29th with ticketing opening at 5:30 p.m.  General admission is $8.00, while tickets for students or seniors are $7 and children 5 and under are free.

Directed by Victor J. Dougherty, “Olathe’s Got Talent” is presented by Olathe Lincoln Ford. Enterprise Bank & Trust is an Event Sponsor, and Simmons Bank provides the “Show Stopper Award.”  Scholarship providers and sponsors who make this event possible are:  Heise-Meyer, Olathe Health, Olathe Noon Optimist Foundation, Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting, Walmart West, Fry Orthodontic Specialists, Bleakley Development Company, Larry Campbell, Arvest Bank, McCown Gordon Construction, Merit Bank, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Phelps Engineering, Inc., RUF Strategic Solutions, Strickland Construction Company, Panera Bread, Linda and Dr. Ron Wimmer, Chuck Nigro, John Kieffer and A.J. Lang. The event is 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 Theatre Arts in the Olathe Public Schools and MidAmerica Nazarene University.

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