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Youth talent show set for Charleston theater

If in the mood for varied local entertainment, check out "West Virginia's Got Talent Back 2 School Talent Show."

The event is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at West Virginia State University Capitol Theatre, 123 Summers St. in Charleston.

Students from area middle and high schools will present their respective talents, said Obi Henderson, president of Innovative Events Consultation.

IEC is presenting the show in conjunction with Hope 4 Innovative Minds Mentoring Club.

"The audience will enjoy an array of different talents that should almost be on TV," Henderson said. "We had 25 (performers) come for a dry run of the event."  

The show will include dancing, guitar picking, piano playing, singing, intellectual rapping, stepping and poetry. Additional acts may be included as time permits.

The talent show will be the first of its kind but organizers hope to make it an annual event.

Performers will be competing for a cash prize of $250, a professional portfolio portrait and a savings bond for college. Henderson said there will also be scholarships in memory of Curtis Price, a civic leader and one of the Kanawha Valley's most beloved athletes who died in May after a long battle with cancer. Price worked for the Job Corps for more than 20 years in various positions across the country and eventually returned home as director of the Charleston center.

Performances will be judged by a panel made up of community leaders from various walks of life, Henderson said.

Innovative Events Consultation is a for-profit company that is involved in several nonprofit activities, Henderson said.

The upcoming show will give area young people the opportunity to showcase their respective talents and the audience a chance to see a great show for a small fee. 

Admission to the show on Sunday will be used to cover expenses. The cost is $5 for youth or $10 for adults.

For more information email or call 256-457-7143.

Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at or 304-348-1246.


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