PAC cancels “We’ve Got Talent” show
Running short on time, money and registered performers, the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee canceled the “We’ve Got Talent” shows on Feb. 18 and 25.
The show first premiered in 2010 as a community variety show. Any group or solo performer could register for a few minutes in the spotlight. Their acts were critiqued by three celebrity judges, and invited back to the stage the following week for a final showcase. The winners were awarded travel vouchers or a trip to Las Vegas.
PAC spokesperson Sarah Wilkins said the board’s decision last week was based on several factors. With just six weeks left, no performers signed up for the contest. The celebrity judges were not yet confirmed. The PAC’s small staff are already swamped planning three other events that month, and it didn’t appear as if the production would break even financially.
All things considered, “We’ve Got Talent” would have fallen short of the quality and professionalism the staff felt the event deserved, Wilkins said.
“This decision to postpone/cancel this event was more due to the fact that we want this event to be a premier community event in the valley,” Wilkins wrote in an email to The World. “We want the level of talent, interest and professionalism to grow.”
The staff is considering a later date for “We’ve Got Talent” this year. The PAC may also give the production to another community group to plan and host at the PAC, Wilkins said.
Know a local living treasure?
The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is accepting nominations for the 2012 Wenatchee Valley Living Treasure Award.
The honor is given to an individual or group whose accomplishments fit the museum’s goal of celebrating our region’s history, arts, sciences and cultural diversity.
Paul Pugh, Dan Jackson, Wilfred Woods and the Apollo Club are among the past recipients.
The Living Treasure Award and other awards will be presented at the museum’s Awards Gala on March 24.
To nominate someone, call 888-6240, or fill out a nomination form at wvmcc.org or in person at 127 S. Mission St. The deadline is Feb. 22.
Auditions coming up for Apple Blossom musical
Music Theatre of Wenatchee needs a few good cast members for “Xanadu,” a story about forbidden romance and roller disco.
Auditions will be 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 31 at the Riverside Playhouse. Call-backs will be Feb. 1. Roller skating skills are not required, but those who can are encouraged to try out.
The musical is about a Greek muse, Kira, who descends to Venice Beach in 1980 to inspire a hunky artist, Sonny, to create the world’s first roller disco. When the two fall in love, Kira’s jealous sisters plot against them.
The original score includes, “Magic,” “All Over The World,” “Suddenly,” “I’m Alive” and “Evil Woman.”
The performance dates are: April 25-28, May 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19.
Talent booking company searching for musicians
Looking for a gig? RLS Productions, a Wenatchee-based media and events group, is looking for musicians from several genres to book for its 2012 lineup, including: Jazz, blues, rock, roots rock, alternative, folk, Americana and metal rock.
To apply, “like” and post any promotional materials and a short introduction on RLS Productions’ Facebook page. An electronic press kit or direct link to the musicians’ web site is preferred.
The winter selection deadline is Feb. 5. Selections begin in mid- to late-February. For more information, call 669-6872 or email info@RLSTalent.com.
Cashmere drama presents “Singin’ in the Rain”
The Cashmere High School drama program promises every unforgettable scene and dance number “Singin’ in the Rain” — onstage rainstorm and all.
Directed by Susan Gubsch, the musical stars Michael McCormick as Don Lockwood, a 1920s silent film star caught in the transition to sound film. LariAnn Hixssen portrays Don’s love interest, Kathy Selden, and Alexander Robertson plays comedic side-kick, Cosmo Brown. Ariana Rodriguez is Don’s co-star, Lina Lamont.
Other cast: James Bauscher, Karley Blomquist, Hannah Capelo, Chris Clarke, Camille Collins, Erica Elias, Edwin Enciso, McKenzie Hemstrom, Morgan Hemstrom, Nona Isenhart, Giorgio Jimenez, Dani Kenoyer, Vanessa Keran, Ashlyn Lewis, Cody Lippert, Josh Lippert, Elly McManus, Ali Miller, Samantha Morseman, Dennis Olguin, Nathan Sites and Megan Turner.
The show runs at 7 p.m., Feb. 1-4, at the Cashmere Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Buy tickets in advance at the Cashmere High School office or at the door.
— Compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff
Wenatchee Winter Wine Gala 6 p.m. Saturday, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, $35 museum members, $40 for non-members, group rates available 888-6420
The museum hosts an exceptionally elegant fundraiser with tastes from the region’s best wines and hors d’ouvres from incredible chefs. Live jazz and classical music will be performed by the Glenn Isaacson Trio, Mike Choman and Friends and the Rose Trio from the Wenatchee Valley Symphony. The wines, available for purchase by the bottle or tastings, were crafted by medal-winning vintners from Foothills Magazine’s Winemakers Invitational.
Arrival: The Music of ABBA 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, featuring Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, $45 adults, $42 senior, $40 PAC member, $35 students 16 and under, pacwen.org 663-2787
“You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life …” If you can sing the rest of that song, you might want to consider seeing The Arrival, a tribute band with lavish, authentic costumes touring with some of the original ABBA musicians. The Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra will make an appearance as The Arrival’s special guest. Hurry, there were fewer than 30 tickets left Wednesday.
Phillip Roebuck 8 p.m. today, Icicle Brewery, 935 Front St., free 548-2739
A one-man band you have to see to believe. He stomps a lively drum beat and wails on the banjo with a punk-rock pace and a Depression-era sound. Check out Go’s Facebook page to see a video of his song, “Monkey Fist.”
Empty Bowls Painting Festival today through Wednesday, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Woodpecker Room, 7375 Icicle Road, $15 548-0408
Paint a bowl, feed the community. The annual Empty Bowls Festival has become a local favorite among artists and families alike, and supports the Leavenworth Community Cupboard. Your fired-and-finished creation will be given back to you at a soup supper on March 22.
Empty Bowls schedule:
Family days: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
All other days: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday; 9 a.m.-noon, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday