By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
An inaugural Yukon community talent show has been moved to a larger location after a positive response of performers who want to partake.
“Yukon’s Got Talent” will be 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 inside the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.
The venue for this talent showcase originally was scheduled for the Yukon Community Center.
“Recently we have had a big increase in performers, so we need more space,” said Yukon’s Got Talent coordinator Brandie Abercrombie. “We’re now hosting ‘Yukon’s Got Talent’ at the Dale Robertson Center. It’s better for acoustics, it’s more space and better lighting. There is a stage here as well.
“With the increase in performers, we think it will bring out more people. This will be a nicer venue.”
Abercrombie, who joined Yukon Parks & Recreation in April as a recreation coordinator, said Yukon’s Got Talent is open to anyone with a talent or skill they want to share.
This is not a judged talent show, and all participants will receive rewards.
“It’s really an opportunity for people to get up (on stage) and show everyone what they’ve got!” Abercrombie said. “This is a chance for people to come out, get some stage time, promote themselves and also practice in front of a crowd.”
Yukon Parks & Recreation is busily recruiting entertainers, dancers, comedians, actors, musicians, spoken word artists, and DJs interested in showing off their abilities in front of an audience.
Performers from Yukon and surrounding areas are invited to participate.
“We have an Elvis tribute artist; he is a sophomore at Yukon High School who has traveled all over the country and won awards,” Abercrombie said. “We also have a concert pianist who’s played with Kenny G.
“We have some very skilled performers, as well as some amateur performers. We have some children dancers, children pianists and singers. We’re kind of ‘all over the place’, which is what I’m most excited about.”
Registration deadline for the talent acts is 6 p.m. Nov. 2. There is no entry fee.
Space is limited so performers are encouraged to register soon.
The first 20 acts to register are guaranteed a spot. Additional performers will be placed on a wait list.
It is not limited to only amateur acts; individuals of all ages and groups are welcome.
“Our youngest performer we have (so far) is a fifth grader and then we have the ‘Hot Heels’ from the Dale Robertson Center, a senior tap group,” Abercrombie said.
The only restriction on talent is that the performance be “family friendly,” she noted.
Yukon’s Got Talent is free for spectators to attend. There will be prize raffles and giveaways, and snacks and refreshments will be on sale for audience members.
“We’ll also have some free time for kids who want to get on stage and dance, if they didn’t sign up (to perform),” Abercrombie said.
“We think it will be a great night, and we want to get as many people out as possible.”
Abercrombie has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Systems Management and a master’s degree in Recreation Management.
Besides coordinating Yukon’s Got Talent, she works on sports programming at the Community Center. During the summer, she oversees the municipal pools.
This is the first year for Yukon Parks & Recreation’s community talent show, and Abercrombie wants to make it an annual event.
For more information, contact Abercrombie at 354-8442 or Babercrombie@yukonok.gov.