Return of ‘Kent Has Talent’ show postponed to fall from May

Organizers hope for more youth and teen entries by fall

COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Community Foundation

COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Community Foundation

The return of the “Kent Has Talent” show has been moved to the fall from May in an effort to get more youth and teen entries.

After an absence of several years, the Kent Community Foundation announced in January that the talent show will return in 2024. The show had an initial date of May 23, a registration deadline of March 18 and qualifying rounds March 23-24.

“We have moved the date to the fall to make sure we have enough youth and teens registered for the event,” said Brenda Farwell, Kent Community Foundation president, in a March 28 email. “We do not have a date set at this time, it will depend on availability of Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts facility.”

The age-group categories are Youth (12 and under); Teens (13-19); and Adults (20 and older).

Kent Community Foundation partnered with Kent’s Allegro Performing Arts Academy to bring back the talent show. Tonya Goodwillie, owner of Allegro Performing Arts, originally launched the local talent competition in 2011. The event had a successful two-year run. Leaders of the Kent Community Foundation assisted Goodwillie with shows in 2016 and 2017.

There is no cost to audition or compete in the event. Winners get cash prizes and the opportunity to perform at local events.

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