Small town big talent on stage Saturday at EMCS

Sooke will present a variety show with loads of talented performers

Blues musician Bill Johnson

It’s kind of a cross between American Idol, America’s Got Talent and The Voice. It’s Sooke’s version of an old time talent show, where everything goes from tap dancing to juggling, singing to reciting poetry. It’s old time, it’s retro and it will be a good time. It’s a real competition and it comes complete with a grand prize of $500. It’s the Small Town – Big Talent Show taking place on Saturday, April 25 at EMCS Theatre from 7-10 p.m.

“It’s like watching late night TV except it is presented on stage,” said co-producer Steven Anderson. “The show will have commercials like on TV.”

Anderson and his partner in the production, Mel Dobres, have been working on this idea for some time. Anderson said they wanted to just do something different. He said there are all ages in the talent show, including kids who perform for Sooke Harbour Players.

“They just want to keep on performing,” said Anderson.

They’ve also got some very qualified performers on board, including a live band.

Three judges will give the thumbs up or the hook to performers. The judges are Juno nominated blues musician Bill Johnson, Karen Clark from Karen Clark Dance Studio, and musical theatre performer Terry Rowsell.

Bill Johnson has been playing blues for 40 years.  A master guitarist, musician, and vocalist, Bill has developed his own brand of laid-back, soul-thumping blues while living on Vancouver Island.   From a slow burn to a blast of blues energy, his show is not to be missed. With every new town and performance comes many new amazed fans, as he works his way coast to coast.

He will also be performing in Sooke on April 24 at Hilltop House Concerts, Mountain Heights, call 250-642-0949 to reserve your seats.

“To move like the wind, in the still of the night, to be a sun lit tip on a wave in the ocean, to fly on the wings of a Angel, to be one with the stars… is to be a Dancer!” said Karen Clark.

Terry Rowsell is the President of the Four Seasons Musical Theatre and has decades of experience in musical theatre. The latest production for Four Seasons is Shrek the Musical, May 22-31 at Isabelle Reader Theatre in Langford.

“Sit back and be entertained,”  said Anderson.

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