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Olathe's Got Talent set for April 20

Posted on Apr. 3rd, 2013
Chuck Kurtz
The 3rd Annual Olathe’s Got Talent contest, sponsored by the Olathe Noon Optimist Club, has been scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Olathe Northwest High School, 21300 College Boulevard.

Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling 913-829-3720 or by emailing

Olathe’s Got Talent is a program designed to show-case Olathe’s student talent from second grade through senior high. More than 60 students were auditioned and the Top Twenty were selected to perform in this year’s show.

All Olathe students, public, private, and home-schooled are eligible to apply. This year, there will be performances across this sector.

Olathe Ford is the Presenting Sponsor for this event, and local businesses have stepped up to provide scholarship and sponsorship dollars. Simmons First will award a $1,500 scholarship to the “Show Stopper.” Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded in Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, and Kinetic performance areas, which are sponsored by Capitol Federal Savings, WalMart, Strickland Construction, People’s Bank, and Olathe Noon Optimists. TVH Parts Co. will award a $500 scholarship in Mixed Media. Some sponsorships are still pending.

Other sponsors include McCown Gordon Construction, A.T.& T., Olathe Health Systems, Merit Bank, United Office, Ruf Communications and other donors: LeEtta Felter, Chuck Nigro, Linda Wimmer, Ron Wimmer, Coble McCune Wealth Management and a generous anonymous donor. Evening Star Recording will be offering several opportunities for students to record their work at their studio.

Proceeds from sponsorships, ticket sales, and concessions will provide supplemental funding for Olathe Northwest’s Theater Department, the new Miracle League for handicapped children (coming soon to Olathe), and to the Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation to help provide funds for student participation in summer programs.

The Olathe Noon Optimist club sponsors this event annually, and the show is rotated among the high schools. Last year, Olathe South received more than $3,000 for its theater department from this event, and more than $7,500 dollars in scholarships were awarded.

Olathe’s Got Talent has become a leader in funding the arts for schools in Kansas.

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