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20 Named Finalists for Louisville’s Got Talent

There is a wide variety of acts for the Louisville’s Got Talent Finale on Sunday, February 26. Twenty acts were named to the Finale from the more than 50 who auditioned on Sunday, January 15. The fourth annual competition was open to anyone in the Louisville area between the ages of 6-18.

“This year’s Top 20 has a great variety of acts including playing jazz piano while wearing a blind fold, writing and singing a song and many many more,” said Jake Latts, Louisville’s Got Talent producer.

“We were deeply impressed by the talent from this year’s auditions. It was clear that they spent many hours rehearsing and their skills will be on display during the Finale,” said John R. Leffert, CenterStage Artistic Director. “While we wish we could include everyone in the final showcase, the Top 20 are sure to blow the audience away.”

All proceeds from Louisville’s Got Talent will directly benefit CenterStage Acting Out, a touring children’s theatre troupe that travels to schools and community venues, presenting educational musical theatre to students of all ages. Through collaboration with educators, Acting Out integrates the performing arts into the learning process, thus enriching the lives of each audience member and “Opening Minds One Act at a Time.”

The Top 20 are competing for a grand prize valued at over $2000, including professional coaching sessions, a photo shoot, a salon makeover with a top Louisville stylist, performance bookings, special appearances and up to $400 cash. This year’s competitors will be divided into two age groups, 6-12 and 13-18, with a winner chosen for each age group as well as a Grand Prize Winner. There will also be a “People’s Choice Award” which will be voted on and chosen by the audience at the live, final showcase performance. All acts in the showcase perform for not only a sell-out audience, but also many Louisville talent agents and theatre/film directors.

Louisville’s Got Talent began as a bar mitzvah project by Jake Latts whose passion is theatre and music. His goal in creating Louisville’s Got Talent was to not only provide a performance opportunity for young performers, but also raise money for CenterStage Acting Out so that more children across the Louisville area can benefit from live, educational, musical theatre.

In order to reach as many children as possible each year, CenterStage Acting Out relies on generous funders to underwrite many performances for schools that may not otherwise be able to afford it. “This year we are looking to expand the number of both individuals and companies who sponsor Louisville’s Got Talent so that we can help Acting Out even more,” stated Louisville’s Got Talent founder, Jake Latts.

The Louisville’s Got Talent Live Final Showcase will be held on Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for children 10 and under and $12 for adults and can be purchased online at www.CenterStageJCC.org/talent or by calling 502-459-0660. Louisville’s Got Talent sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available.

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