Have a talent? MASK is holding a talent contest

Make a Scene Kids Theatre in Minot is hosting its second Minot’s Got Talent event Friday and Saturday for any and all to attend and participate.

On Friday, starting at 4 p.m., anyone of any age can enter and perform their talent in 10 minutes in front of a group of judges. MASK is looking for all talents from singing to dancing to magic to anything beyond.

All who participate will be judged by a panel and at the end, the top 10 will be chosen to go on to the next day’s show. On Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Aleshire Theatre at MSU, those winners will perform. Tickets will cost $5 with all proceeds going to MASK to help them continue their classes and events.

When asked why a talent show, Allison Auch, who is the Full STEAM Ahead Executive Director, said “We like to do non-traditional fundraising. We would rather host an opportunity for the community rather than sell items, coupons or food. This gives individuals in the community an opportunity to showcase their talents and to network with other individuals and possibly create new opportunities in doing this.”

To perform is free and there is a chance to win money if voted in the top four. The judging panel will choose the top three and the audience will get the chance to choose an “audience choice” act.

Make a Scene Kids Theatre was started in the fall of 2015 to give the youth of Minot more chances to be involved in theater.

“After the production of Annie at MSU Summer Theatre, there were many youth looking for more theater opportunities. For ages pre-K through 8th grade, the opportunities were few and far between. Minot Public students could start taking classes and being involved with thespians in 9th grade, but this did not provide opportunities for rural areas,”Auch said.

To give younger students and those without theater programs more opprotunities, the theater offers a large variety of classes for different ages. They offer a Creating Together class for pre-K, an Onstage class for Kindergarten through 1st grade, a Fundamentals of Acting class for 2nd through 5th grade, a Musical Theater for 3rd through 8th grade, an Improv class for 2nd through 5th or 6th through 8th grade, and a Playwriting and Acting class for 5th through 8th grade. Each class has a different cost. To check prices and dates, go to makeascenekids.com.

MASK has four teachers – Chris Strochein, Dan Fagan, Stephanie Chell, and Maddie Thompson. Thompson is currently a full-time student working toward her BSE in Theater Arts and Music. All teachers are very dedicated to giving the theater opportunity to those who want it.