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TL File Photo Chloe Tucker performs at last year’s talent show. Tucker won first place in the Monroe Has Talent Youth Edition and the Monroe Has Talent in 2021.

WOODSFIELD – The Monroe Theater is gearing up for the third annual Monroe Has Talent Youth, scheduled for March 20.

Rick Brown, the theatre’s production manager, said the show will look a little different this year as the venue is finally able to stage the event at full capacity.

“We had a limited number of entries last year. The year before, we also limited people because it was delayed. COVID happened just before the show so we had to push it back until June or July. … The first two shows, we could only let in the allowed capacity,” he said, adding that there are no restrictions this year and staff can allow all 300 seats to be filled.

Brown said the show has always been a “big deal” for the community, something many people look forward to. Before the theater hosted the event with the Woodsfield Kiwanis Club, which has sponsored it for more than 30 years, it was held at the Swiss Hills Career Center. Since the theater took over the event, production has steadily increased.

“The first year we took over (in 2020), we just blew them away because we have the big cinema screen. We do a backdrop of the action, the lights, the backing tracks and when they (the performers) step onto that stage, it’s like they’re on America’s Got Talent,” he said. “The talent show has been – whether young or old – has been a huge attraction and event for the theatre.”

The theme of this year’s show is “Big Stage, Small Stars” and will feature a backdrop of moving stars as well as other effects.

Brown said organizers anticipate many performers who will show off vocal, instrumental and dance talent. The show is open to any student residing or attending school in the local Ohio Switzerland School District.

“So we have some who are homeschooled. They can be part of it because they are in our region. We also have kids who live in Barnesville but go to school in Beallsville, and we have kids who live in Sardis but go to Frontier (High School). They can still be there as long as they live here,” he added.

Competitors will be divided into two age groups – 5-12 and 13-20 – then into categories such as dance, voice, instrument and others, which includes stunts, magic and ventriloquism.

“We also have a boy who works as an auctioneer. There’s a mixed bag of performance. It makes it difficult for the judges because these kids are throwing curve balls at them,” he said.

Brown said they already have about 10 participants lined up to perform and more are expected in the coming week.

“There is actually a very good turnout for this talent show,” he said, adding that organizers were looking forward to the event.

“It showcases talent throughout Switzerland from the Ohio School District and Monroe County.”

Chloe Tucker, then a senior at River High School, won first place in her category in last year’s youth edition talent show. Tucker also won gold at the Monroe Has Talent, which takes place in the fall.

Applications are now available at the theater, located at 104 N. Main St., and at district schools. Applications must be dropped off at the theater by 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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