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Langley Has Talent finalists hit the stage at CLA this Saturday

Opera singer Kari Culjat took first place in the third annual Langley Has Talent contest last spring. A new champion will be crowned this Saturday at Christian Life Assembly. Tickets to the show are available at langleyhastalent.com. They can also be picked up at The Times. - Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times
Opera singer Kari Culjat took first place in the third annual Langley Has Talent contest last spring. A new champion will be crowned this Saturday at Christian Life Assembly. Tickets to the show are available at langleyhastalent.com. They can also be picked up at The Times.
— image credit: Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times

The fourth annual Langley Has Talent final competition is just days away. This Saturday evening, the top 13 acts chosen from the March 29 semifinal contest will hit the stage at CLA once again. This time, they will vie for cash prizes totaling $5,000

In addition to awards of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place, there will also be scholarships and industry prize packages up for grabs.

Among the acts scheduled to perform are singers, bands, dancers and an aerial acrobat.

Evaluating their efforts will be a panel of celebrity judges, including talent agent Jolienne Moore, Leah Emmott, former drummer for the all-girl punk rock band LiveonRelease, and Langley TV and film actor Mike Roberds, best known for his role as Uncle Fester on The New Addams Family.

“We are hoping that this event will provide the incentive and the motivation for our 13 outstanding finalists to pursue their performing passion,” said LHT founder Peter Luongo.

“We have soloists singing both cover and original tunes, bands, and some of Langley’s finest dancers. There is even a Cirque du Soleil-style act.

“These performers are truly outstanding.”

At $20 a ticket Langley Has Talent offers an affordable evening of family-friendly entertainment, said Luongo.

Any elementary or middle school student in the Langley school district will be admitted at no charge if each child is accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket.

As in past years, Langley Has Talent is presented in co-operation by the four Rotary Clubs of Langley.

Since the first competition was held in the spring of 2011, the goal has been to raise awareness about the need for a dedicated performing arts centre in Langley.

This year’s final competition takes place at Christian Life Assembly, 21277 56 Ave.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online at langleyhastalent.com or they can be picked up from the Langley Times office, 20258 Fraser Hwy.

In order to claim the free student ticket, a voucher must be presented.

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