‘So You Think Kent Has Talent' competition hits stage May 21

Fifteen finalists will compete in the first "So You Think Kent Has Talent" competition at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center.

Jason Garcia

Jason Garcia

Fifteen finalists will compete in the first “So You Think Kent Has Talent” competition at  6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center.

Singers, a drummer, a pianist, a dancer and a dance group are among the 15 finalists.

The individuals and groups were among 50 contestants who competed in front of judges May 7 at the Allegro Performing Arts Academy to earn a spot in the finals.

The finalists, five each in the divisions of Youth, Teen and Adult, will compete for the Grand Prize of $1,000. Other cash prizes include $500 for second place overall and $250 for third place overall. Each category winner gets $100. Local businesses are paying the case prizes.

The contest also includes an audience favorite award. Fans can pay $1 per ticket to vote for their favorite. The audience pick will win $50, a McLendon Hardware $25 gift card, Papa John's Pizza for a year and a $100 Portrait Innovations gift certificate.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

All proceeds from the show benefit Kent Youth and Family Services.

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