Following weekend auditions, 16 acts have moved on to the competition round of the 3rd Annual Prince Rupert’s Got Talent.
Crystal Lorette, general manager of the Lester Centre of the Arts, said the finalists range from 10 to 24 years old and will showcase talents including dancing, singing and playing musical instruments like the piano, guitar and ukulele. Lorette said many of the contestants have choreographed their own dances or written their own music.
“We have a range of talent,” said Lorette.
Individuals advancing to the finals are Ben Cornwall, Josh Comeau, Alley McCullouch and Megan Cunningham with guitar and vocal performances; Alaura Okrainetz and Savannah Naylor with vocal and piano performances; Shay Hoekstra and Morgan Verissimo with vocal performances; Shade Arendt and Miranda Baker with dance performances; Sabrina Leveque with a guitar, ukulele and vocal performance; Dana Chetwynd with a musical theatre performance and Gianna Evans with a song and dance performance. Groups advancing are dancers Lola Clouthier, Karlie Fudger and Samantha Budnisky; Gianna Evans singing with Travis Naylor and Robin Payne playing music; and Mariah Statham and Adrianna Des Champ with guitar and vocals.
Three judges from out of town will determine who will win a $1,000 cash prize.
“This is one of the Lester Centre’s major fundraisers. We use the funds to purchase technical equipment and equipment we need to put on productions,” Lorette said, adding the centre is in the process of replacing its curtains.
Prince Rupert’s Got Talent will take place at the Lester Centre of the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Lorette said the second annual showcase sold out so people should get tickets early.