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Showcasing Skills

Local talent makes show a success

POLSON – “Mission Valley really has Talent,” entertaining emcee Brian Miskimins pointed out to the audience of more than 400 during the first inaugural Mission Valley Has Talent Show on Friday evening at the Polson High School Auditorium.

Presented by the Mission Valley Ministerial Association, Mission Valley Has Talent was organized as a benefit for the Helping Hands Fund. Helping Hands is a non-profit ministry that provides emergency assistance to county residents, as well as to those traveling through who find themselves in need.

Thirty-three showcase hopefuls competed during a two-day audition in front of a team of judges and audience members who then voted on which talents claimed one of the coveted 12 finalist spots and a chance of winning part of the $1,000 prize money.

The evening, at the nearly full auditorium, began with a rocking song by special guest Sidewalk Chalk, a local rock band featuring Garrison Corcoran, Thomas Pretty On Top, Ethan Brewer and Trevor Delay.

As honorable place audition performers, Ana Sopke accompanied by her guitar performed “Counting Stars” and 10-year-old Ronan middle schooler Giselle Barron graced the stage with her performance of “Amazing Grace.”

From the explosive applause of the audience, everyone seemed to be entertained by the twelve participating acts that ranged from vocalist and piano performances to hoop dancing and stand up comedy.

Acts included: a duet by Corben and Robyn Carlson of  “A Million Dreams," pianist Tiana Shalom's performance of an original song “Kenopsia,” New Life drama group Sync’d's performance of an original work entitled “Freedom," Anya Smith's improvisation of "Over the Moon” from the musical “RENT," awe inspiring hoop dance of Robert Perot, Jr., pianist Angela Claver's masterful  performance of "Toccata," Charles Lutz's toe-tapping performance of a “Yankee Doodle Medley," Cammy Maughan's performance of "One and Only," Kamdyn Burrough's performance of "Can't Help Falling in Love” accompanied by the ukulele, Kaitlyn Lamphere's original stand-up comedy monologue "Boys are like Pairs of Pants", pianist Josiah Pettit performance of "Ballade"  and Becky Reibe vocal performance of “I Believe”.

In addition to the competitors, the audience enjoyed a special three song performance by local singer/guitarist Jordan Albert while judges performed the arduous tasks of tabulating results.

The show culminated in three finalists chosen by a panel of judges which included: Dennis Anderson, Nila Aderson, Karen Lewing, Cathy Gillhouse and Margaret Cook.

This year’s three finalists were: third place vocalist Cammy Maughan, second place pianist Josiah Pettit and first place hoop dancer Robert Parot Jr.

For more information about Mission Valley Has Talent check out their Facebook page. The Helping Hands Fund may be contacted at 406-883-8256.


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