(MITCHELL) – The fourth Live Talent Showcase at the Mitchell Opera House is set for 7 p.m. on October 19th.
Ten contestants have been chosen to compete for the opportunity to advance to the December finals where they’ll be eligible for a $1,000 prize.
Hoosier Uplands, which oversees the operation of the Opera House, announced the goal of the talent competition was to bring more local entertainment to the historic venue.
Two contestants will be picked to join pianist Barbara Spencer and dancer Haley Chase, who advanced out of the April 5 showcase, Milltown’s Dwight Cox and New Pekin’s Kameron Gumaelius, who advanced out of the second showcase, and Gustyn Write of Taswell and Jordan River Crossing of Bloomington from the showcase held in August.
The 10 contestants for the fourth and final preliminary show include:
- Singer Lucas Kemp-Cook of Bloomington is a sixth-year doctorate student in informatics who sings as his creative outlet. He sings with the Sounds of Indiana Barbershop Chorus.
- Brittney Clark, a mother of six from Orleans, will sing. Her whole life has revolved around music. She was 3 years old when she discovered that she could sing and ever since then, she has belted out songs any chance she gets and also loves to write her own music.
- Angel Gabbard of Bloomington is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter. The singer has been a member of BEAT Amplitude Show Choir and Eastern Greene High School Choir and has won talent shows in her hometown. In the spring, she will be attending Indiana State University to study interior design.
- Parker Zoller of Bedford will sing and play the guitar. She has been playing guitar for quite a while, but says she just really started to sing a few years ago at her church. For her, music is such a joy to play and sing.
- Audie Phillips of Bedford grew up singing in church and school choirs and with her grandfather, who’s her biggest musical inspiration. Her moments of silence are usually filled with music. She is a mom, a wife, a dog mom, Christ follower, potter, homemaker, amateur guitarist and a singer.
- Salem’s Jimmy Gibson also will sing. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his family moved from Granville, Ohio, to Salem a year ago. He has been in school choirs since he was in seventh grade, and he has performed in Ohio and Indiana state school solo competitions. He is also a member of the football, wrestling and track and field teams at Salem High School.
- Mia Collins, 13, Bloomington, has been singing since she was a toddler. Her passion for singing and songwriting continues to grow as she develops her style. Collins said she hopes to inspire others through her voice and music.
- Natasha LeAnn of Salem is a singer/songwriter who has been singing since she could talk. She said she has always had the dream of being a famous singer. She says that she will never give up on pursuing her dream — even when it seems far out of reach.
- Dancer Ashlyn Hanner has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She says dancing is a stress reliever for her and has become her passion.
- Mitchell’s Chloe Wilcox has been singing since she could talk and hopes to eventually share her talent with the whole world.
Tickets for the showcase are $10 and can be purchased in advance at Ace Hardware/Ben Franklin in Mitchell or online at www.mitchelloperahouse.com.