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April 11, 2014

Circus, 'Got Talent' contest coming to Rouses Point

ROUSES POINT — With warm weather on its way, the group Friends of the Stage is making sure there is no lack of entertainment for both residents and visitors here.

But first, to help fund those free shows, the group is sponsoring a return of the spectacle Circus, Circus and More Circus, which will roll into the Village of Rouses Point on Monday for two evening shows with lots of animal and other acts.

“They are fantastic,” Friends of the Stage member Steve Merchant said. “The kids really love it.”

That group supports the Samuel de Champlain Center Stage and the many shows that are performed on that outdoor venue on the Recreation Center grounds. Merchant said the group always needs new volunteers.

‘HERE’S YOUR CHANCE’

And while there are many bands, vocalists and other performers to recruit for those shows, Friends of the Stage is creating opportunities for others to get in front of the microphone, too.

The Rouses Point Center Stage “Got Talent” competition, based on the popular TV show, has set auditions for May 9 at American Legion Post 912 on Pratt Street, with semi-finalists performing on the stage — singers are slated for July 10 and variety acts on Aug. 14. The top adult in each category will win $125; best child, $75.

And the grand finale is set for Aug. 28, with the overall winner taking home $300.

All that is dependent upon interest, Merchant said. As of Thursday, he’d had no entries, and the deadline is April 18 to sign up for May 9 auditions.

“Variety acts can be anything,” he said, suggesting Hoola-Hooping, telling jokes, performing magic tricks ...

Whether variety or vocal, “if you ever wanted to (perform on a stage), here’s your chance.”

MANY SHOWS SLATED

Merchant encouraged circus-goers to buy their tickets ahead, as there’s a $3 discount and the Friends of the Stage makes more money.

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