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Talent abounds at auditions


Christopher Anderson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Silent Sound band member Tony Borrego plays a song at the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show auditions on May 10.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival's Talent Show is preparing for another great show by ramping up with auditions that were held on May 9 and May 10.

Marcy Giesler, organizer of the Talent Show said that the auditions went "really well."

"We have a lot of new acts, including some really great piano players," said Giesler, adding one act performed the song "City of Stars" from the recent hit film "La La Land."

The organizers of the show have also watched auditions from singers, dancers, a few bands and one comedian, said Giesler.

"There's always good talent out there," Giesler said.

Brothers Tony and Eshaan Borrego performed as their band Silent Sound.

They said they enjoy playing their music for other people.

"Any opportunity to play for people," said Tony Borrego. "We just love performing," added Eshaan Borrego.

They enjoy showcasing their music to other people.

"I like really sharing with other people," said Tony Borrego.

"The sense that somebody knows and can see what you can do," said Eshaan Borrego.

Giesler said that she likes seeing both the new acts and the returning acts perform at the audition.

"Just seeing the new acts and how the kids have grown," she said.

One singer has been with the show since she was 3-years-old and is now 15-years-old, she said.

"I like just watching them grow up," said Giesler.

Young local Grace Tift has also been part of the show since she was 3.

"She's been doing this talent show since she was 3 years-old, so we come back every year," said Grace's mother Sarah Tift.

"I like just being a part of it," said Grace Tift. "It's just fun."

Participants come from a variety of cities around the Puget Sound, said Giesler.

This year they have participants from Stanwood, Everett, Lake Stevens and all the way from Renton.

Christopher Andersson

Grace Tift performs a dance at the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show auditions on May 10.

"I'm excited ever year, and I hope and pray that everything goes smoothly," she said. "I like when people see the show and see there's such good talent."

People are often surprised at the size and production values of the show, she said, and are often expecting a little talent show.

"There's such a variety and such good talent. People are surprised when they see the production," said Giesler.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival's Talent Show will be held this year on Thursday, June 15.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium at 5611 108th St. NE, Marysville.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at the door cost $5 and pre-sale tickets cost $4. Those interested in pre-sale tickets can call 360-653-6584.


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