More than a dozen local acts will take the stage at the Garner Showcase of Talent this Saturday.
From dance groups, singers, actors, pageant queens and voilists to an Irish step dancer, the talent will be plentiful. The yearly event has brought talent from around Garner for nine years. Some of the past performers included Scotty McCreery, before American Idol, former Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt and the Hall Sisters.
Debbie Dunn, auditorium manager at the GPAC, said when the building underwent renovations in 2006, the event was created as a gift to the town for all their hard work.
The contestants represent all ages, from teenagers to senior citizens. It is not a competition. Acts audition for judges, and the top acts are able to participate in the show and showcase their talent.
Some of this year’s contestants include Rachael Chavez (Miss Garner 2015), Ari Moore (pianist), Blazen (dancers), Caleb and Ari Moore (pianist and drummer), G Squad, Jackson Honeycutt (singer and songwriter) and Johna Edmonds (Miss NC 2013).
“The level of talent is very strong,” Dunn said. “And the unique wonderful thing about this show, is everybody in the show either lives, goes to school or works in Garner.”
Dunn said the show has been so successful over the years that they had to add a second show a couple of years ago because of an overflow. This year the performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“Every act is as good as the last,” Dunn said. “It’s going to be an hour of wonderful entertainment.”
Some come back to perform again. That is the case for Julie Hamilton and her son Josh Hamilton. The two performed last year together. Josh Hamilton played the guitar and sang and Julie Hamilton provided the vocals.
She said the performance went well. People would stop her in the grocery store and compliment her for their performance. Some would tell her “I know you’re proud of your son.”
This year Hamilton said she and her son would be participating separately.
“I just wanted to give him the opportunity to do something without me tagging along with him,” Hamilton said. “I like to watch him and listen to him. I wanted the audience to get the opportunity to listen to him as a solo. It gives people another look at his talent.”
Julie Hamilton will sing “A life that’s good,” a song sung by the Nashville Cast.
“A friend of mine passed a way right before Christmas,” Hamilton said. “His wife asked me to sing it as his life celebration service and it had a good message. I thought our audience might enjoy it.”
The event is free to the public.