Pekin and Salem talent to compete at Mitchell Opera House

Join  Mitchell Opera House for the second Live Talent Showcase on June 1st at 7:00 PM! The event will feature 10 local contestants who will compete for the opportunity to advance to the final round that will be held in December, where they will have a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000! Two of the ten contestants will move on to the finale.

The ten contestants for the first show include:

● Mia Collins From Bloomington will be singing. She is a 13 year old and has been singing since she was a toddler and her passion for singing and songwriting continues to grow as she develops her style. Mia hopes to inspire others through her voice and music.

● Tom Darlage from Norman will be singing and playing the guitar. As a young boy, he was inspired by a guitar picker that he heard at a family gathering. At that point he was hooked, bought a guitar, and taught himself how to play by listening to legends like Hank Williams, George Jones, Johnny Cash, all the other great artists.

● Kameron Gumaelius from New Pekin will be singing and playing the guitar. He is an 18 year old singer/songwriter/guitarist, that has been playing for about 6 years and in the past year started writing his own music. His goal in music is for those listening, to feel the emotion that he feels when singing.

● Keenan Hays from Paoli will be playing the electric guitar. He is 14 years old and plays lead guitar in a garage band with his friends. He is self-taught and writes his own music.

● Natasha LeAnn from Salem will be singing. She is a singer/songwriter and has been singing since she could talk and has always had the dream of being a famous singer. She says that she will never give up on pursuing her dream even when it seems far out of reach.

● Leah Tillett from Paoli will be singing. She sings all the time around her friends and family members. Singing has been a way to help her cope with her anxiety and it has been a way for her to express herself.

● Dwight Cox from Milltown will be singing and playing the guitar. He grew up in a pastor’s home and has always loved to sing in church. He recently began songwriting and would love to spread his wings a little bit and play somewhere other than church, even though he loves it there.

● Breeana Rayhill from Oolitic will be singing. She is 28 years old and has a 2 year old little girl. She has been signing pretty much her whole life!

● Joe Strunk originally from Bedford but now a Bloomington resident, will be singing and playing the guitar and harmonica. He has been playing for 12 years now and performs traditional folk, blues, and country songs along with originals in that style.

● Abbie Moore and Ashlyn Hanner are cousins from Bedford and will be dancing. The girls love to create dances together and perform for their family. It is one of their favorite past-times. Abbie has been dancing for over four years now and she loves not only dancing, but also music and playing the guitar. Ashlyn has been dancing since she was five years old. It is a stress reliever for her and has become her passion.

See this amazing line-up of talent as they compete for a spot in the final showcase that will take place on December 14th! Tickets to the event are $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at ACE in Mitchell, or by visiting: www.mitchelloperahouse.com.

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