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Carpinteria Talent Showcase
updated: Mar 01, 2014, 11:00 AM

By David Powdrell

So here’s the deal….the Carpinteria Rotary Club staged the 5th Annual Carpinteria Talent Showcase last weekend. 67 incredibly gifted musicians, singers, dancers, magicians and comedians took to the stage to perform 24 inspiring, sometimes jaw-dropping, acts. The thing about a small town talent showcase is that there is no prize money, no ultimate winner.

Our annual operating budget is lean, about $8,000, but with the generous support of the local community and big-hearted sponsors, the event sells out year after year.

Sometimes the sustain pedal on the piano squeaks and the “green room” is a big pop-up tent lent to us for the event.

The beauty of a small town talent showcase is that it’s a win-win-win experience. Local performers get the opportunity to take to the stage, many for the first time. The audience is entertained by a wide variety of acts; the postal clerk plays the harp, a high school student plays an original piece she wrote and young dancers gracefully soar through the air, defying the laws of gravity. Sponsors and ticket holders are recognized for supporting the performing arts. Finally, all the money flows back into the community in the form of college scholarships, purchasing musical instruments for local youth and supporting other local community projects under Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”. It doesn’t get much better than that.

When the lights dim and emcee John Palminteri makes his grand entrance through the bright red curtain, the performers, ages 9 to 94, rustle up the courage and fortitude necessary to exceed even their own expectations. The tiny but quaint Carpinteria Plaza Playhouse Theater magically transforms into the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Colored spotlights hit the stage as anxious performers ready themselves. You can hear a pin drop as the first notes take flight.

I love that all the performers applaud each other in the green room while watching the video feed on a closed circuit TV.

Through Rotary, I have the privilege and honor to help out on this event each year with my good friend and current Rotary President, Roland Rotz.

With my trusty Canon Powershot camera, I thought it’d be fun to share a few “behind the scenes” moments of the event with my Edhat friends.

Additional photographs by Evelyn Cervantes and her friend, Caitlin, are available at Flickr.com

 

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