Bexley News

Stage beckons for those who have talents to share


Bexley residents of all ages will have a chance to shine at the first "Bexley's Got Talent" Community Talent Show, to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Capital University's Main Street Lawn.

The idea for the talent show came about when committee members who organize the monthly "Main Event" outdoor movie screening brainstormed about a special event to coincide with the September screening of The Princess Bride, Mayor Ben Kessler said.

"Usually, our movies and programming have gone hand-in-hand," such as food vendors that accompanied the showing of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he said. "We picked a fun movie that would appeal to a lot of generations."

The deadline to apply to participate in the talent show was Sept. 10, and the lineup of acts is scheduled to be announced Sept. 12.

Participants will be grouped in the following age categories: 8-10, 11-14, and 15 and older. Applicants have showcased talents as diverse as playing the cello to hip-hop "beat boxing" to hula-hooping to music.

"I do know of at least one band of Bexley parents that has formed," Kessler said. "There's a diversity of (applicants) doing a variety of things."

Rating participants will be a panel of local celebrity judges, including Capital University student body president Mitch Stith and musician Joel Oliphint. Rather than first-place awards, participants will receive titles such as "Most Creative," Kessler said.

"There isn't going to be a winner or loser," he said. The judges are "going to provide good-natured commentary."

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