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Performers Sought to Audition for Fifth Annual 'Happy Valley's Got Talent' Show

by on February 27, 2015 3:45 PM

The fifth annual "Happy Valley's Got Talent" event wants to see local talent shine.

Open auditions for this year's annual fundraising event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1, at Indigo in State College.

All types of performing acts from vocalists to dancers to comics and more are invited to audition in three age divisions.

The 12 best acts will advance to the finals at The State Theatre on Saturday, March 28.

There is no fee to participate, and all performers are asked to register online prior to the audition dates, although in-person registration will be possible on the days of the auditions, space allowing. Pianists and dancers only will audition at The State Theatre from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 28. Auditions for all other performers will take place at Indigo from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 28 and from noon to 4 p.m. on March 1.

Audition information and registration forms are available at or by contacting the shows producer at [email protected]

Four acts in three age categories will advance to the finals and compete for cash prizes ($250, $150, $75 and $50 in each category). This benefit event is patterned after the nationally televised show "America's Got Talent." The three age divisions are: Future Fame Division (12 to 15 years old), Rising Stars Division (16 to 20 years old) and Prime Time Division (21 and older).

"Happy Valley's Got Talent" will feature two performances. A family-oriented matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at The State Theatre, will highlight the same local talent as the evening performance, and will allow kids in the audience the opportunity to vote for their overall "Kids' Choice" winner in each category.

The final performance at 7 p.m. will be judged by local celebrities. The evening event will feature a live auction and a raffle, with all proceeds going to support Tides.

This year's judges include Sue Paterno, State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, Dick Bundy (soon-to-be-retired Blue Band director), Christian Brady (dean of Penn State's Shreyer Honors College) and Jamie Bestwick (12-time BMX gold medalist), among others. Local veterinarian and comedian Fred Metzger and local radio host Jerry Valeri, of Big Froggy 101 and Majic 99, will appear as dueling emcees. "Happy Valley's Got Talent" is being produced by local playwright and event producer Jerry Sawyer.

Last year's event attracted more than 50 acts that competed for the 12 finalist spots.

"Happy Valley's Got Talent" has become a night full of entertainment, laughs and moments to remember, all while raising a significant amount of money for Tides. For the fifth year, performers from past years also will be invited to take the stage.

"There is so much great talent that walks through the door," said Suzanne Thompson, executive director of Tides.

As the signature fundraising event for the Tides program, the goal of "Happy Valley's Got Talent" is to raise $50,000.

Tides is a peer support program offered to grieving children, teens and the people who love them in Centre and surrounding counties. Tides was created specifically to support grieving children and teens as they try to understand and cope with their loss, to express their feelings and to find healing in their lives. Tides meets the first and third Thursday of each month at Houserville Elementary School. Registration is required and is available by calling (814) 692-2233.

There is no fee to participate.

Tickets for the event and a pre-show reception at The Atherton Hotel will be available at The State Theatre box office, For questions regarding ticketing, please contact the State Theatre at (814) 272-0606.

More details about Tides and the "Happy Valley's Got Talent" event are available at and by liking the Tides' Facebook page, as well as following the group's Twitter account, @Tides_Program, #tidesHVGT.

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