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Yakima's Got Talent: Calling for contestants!

YAKIMA - The Seasons Performance Hall is seeking contestants for the third annual Yakima's Got Talent competition.

Yakima's Got Talent accepts contestants of a variety of ages and fortes, from stand up comedians, to dancers, to bands and classically trained musicians, to Broadway style singers.

This yearly event presents a unique opportunity for the talent of the Yakima Valley to astonish on the main stage and vie for the grand prize of $1,000 in a positive environment, at a sophisticated venue. The second place winner will receive $500 and the third place prize is $250 cash.

Preliminary auditions with special guest emcee Dave Ettl of KIT talk radio and the city council will be held on Sunday, May 22. From the preliminary auditions, 20 contestants will be selected by judges John Gasperetti, a local showman and restaurateur, lead writer at On Magazine Pat Muir and musician Linda Doria to move onto the semi-finals on Friday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m.

The finals, on Saturday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m., will showcase Yakima's Got Talent top 10 contestants and the winners will be selected that evening with the audience acting as a fourth judge.

Community members are encouraged to purchase tickets (which vary in price) for the finals and the semi-finals and root for their favorite contestant. These remarkably entertaining performances raise money to support The Seasons.

"The Seasons is the only local venue devoted to presenting national and internationally touring musicians," said Ellie Strosahl, Operations Director at The Seasons Performance Hall and organizer of the event in previous years.

"Local musicians can hear and learn from artists who would've been unavailable to them in Yakima otherwise. Yakima's Got Talent provides a venue for talented individuals from across the community to perform on a stage where they can be heard.

"For some of our past contestants, this event was a catalyst that propelled them into the next phase of their musical journey," Strosahl added.

Tickets are available for the semi-final and final performances by calling the box office at 453-1888 or visiting The Season's website at theseasonsyakima.com.

Ticket prices range from $10 to $25 for general admission and $200 VIP tables for four seating with a complimentary hors d'oeuvres tray from Gasperetti's and a bottle of wine.

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