By Joe Cardello
The Colchester Sun
On Jan. 21 and 23 Colchester residents presented their skills in front of a group of judges in the Colchester High School theater. Of the 48 acts that auditioned, a record 32 were chosen to perform at the fifth annual Colchester’s Got Talent: A Community Talent Show at the Colchester High School theater during the “Get Your Game On” themed Winter Carnival on the evening of Feb. 6.
“Colchester has so much talent,” said Colchester Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Jenn Turmel. “It was really hard to cut it down to 32. It’s going to be a fantastic show.”
In past years no more than 28 acts were accepted into the final performance. Turmel claims that in order to supplement the larger group of acts the show will begin at 6 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. and should run according to schedule.
“We’re going to keep things moving along,” Turmel said.
This year the audience will be graced not only with displays of vocalists pipes, but there will also be a bagpiper. A few acapella groups will perform with some Pitch Perfect-esc flair and another performer will flourish their new and innovative dance moves.
Of the 32 acts; three are in the adult category, eight are in high school, 12 are in the junior 12-14 category and 10 performers are between the ages of 6-11.
The Master of Ceremonies for the talent show is Mike Toomey who has MC’d the event since its establishment five years ago. Judges will choose a winner from the 32 performers and award $150 to the first place act.
The Winter Carnival will continue on Saturday Feb. 7 and there are even more events for people of all ages to partake in including laser tag, massages, pony rides and Buddy the Clown. The final day of celebration is Sunday Feb. 8 with open skate at Leddy Park in the afternoon and evening Family Swim at St. Michael’s College.
Bracelets for admittance to the Winter Carnival can be purchased for $6 at Biben’s Ace Hardware, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester Parks and Recreation and Mazza’s General Store. The event is free for children ages two and under.
For more information about the events visit: www.colchestervt.gov/Recreation/parksNRec.shtml
Friday, Feb. 6
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Winter Carnival Information Booth
5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Face Painting
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Colchester’s Got Talent show
Saturday, Feb. 7
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Lions Club Pancake Breakfast (add. Fee)
9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Winter Carnival Information Booth
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Studio 3 Dance Co.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Laser Tag with Colchester Paintball
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Chair Massages with Krista Webdale
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Costume Contest
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Horse Drawn Hay Rides
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Marc Hughes Caricatures
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sugar on Snow and Maple Cotton Candy
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Arts and Crafts Room
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Playdough Extravaganza
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Inflatable Obstacle Course
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pony Rides
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Face Painting with Face Mania
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Photo Booth
10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Big Blue Truck
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Henna Tattoos
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mechanical Snowboard
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Arcade Game Room
10:30 a.m. Chili Contest
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food Concessions
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Buddy the Clown
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Colchester Theater Co.
Sunday, Feb. 8
11:20 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Winter Carnival Open Skate at Leddy Park
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Family Swim at St. Michael’s College