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Performers shine at Talent Show auditions


Christopher Andersson

Locals Kelly Stecker, left, and Ginger Burkett perform at the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show auditions on May 10.

Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show hopefuls came to the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium to sing, dance or perform as part of the Talent Show auditions on May 10 and 11.

The Talent Show has been a traditional part of the Marysville Strawberry Festival for more than 20 years now.

Marcy Giesler, long-time organizer of the event, said that many people from the community enjoy the show.

"There are a lot of people who enjoy it and say they look forward to coming every year," she said. "I even have them call me asking 'are you having it? Same time, same place?'"

This year's show will be on June 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium at 5611 108th St. NE, Marysville.

Hopeful participants came to showcase their skills at the auditions.

Local Alejandro Morales played a song on the piano.

"I just like to play for people and get the attention. It just makes me feel really good," said Morales.

"It just makes me happy whenever I play music. I like to lose myself in it," he said.

Morales participated in last year's Talent Show as well.

"It was really fun. I like that a lot of people came, including my friends and family," he said.

"I like to challenge myself and coming to these things is a way to do that," he said.

Others came with a group, like Ginger Burkett who performed with a band. Burkett also participated in last year's show and returned to participate again this year.

"We just thought it would be fun," she said. "We thought it was a really great production last year and a good evening."

Groups like the Rising Stars Rhythmics team came as well to demonstrate their skills.

Talent shows provide a good venue for dance groups to practice performing.

"It's more opportunities for them so they get better at performing in front of other people and less nervous when they go to the competitions," said Libby Myers, head rhythmic coach for the Rising Stars Rhythmics.

It also helps groups like the Rising Stars Rhythmics team attract new members, said Myers.

"It's really good exposure. Part of this for us is to grow our team, because it's pretty small, so we're trying to show it to little kids who may be interested," she said.

Myers has participated in the talent show in the past and said it was a fun community event for the Strawberry Festival.

"I think it's awesome that all of the community comes together and it's amazing what kind of talent comes together. I always find the shows entertaining to see what kind of potential is in our own community," she said.

More information about the Marysville Strawberry Festival and the Talent Show is available at


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