Show shapes up with a broad range of entertainers |

Show shapes up with a broad range of entertainers

This Thursday, Elisa Patterson will give Park City a chance to see to the community and participate in some philanthropy. That opportunity will arrive when Park City’s Community Talent Show runs at the Eccles Center. Patterson organized the event to benefit the People’s Health Clinic and she said that so far, the event’s lineup lives up to its billing. A wide range of ages will be represented.

"It runs from fifth grade to professional adults," said Patterson, Park City High School’s senior class president.

The performers, she noted, will provide a spectrum just as broad as well.

"For the show itself, I wanted to get as much variety and include as many different things as I could," she said.

The lineup will include everything from Mexican folk dancers to a professional violinist and a guitar-playing singer-songwriter.

Patterson noted a few highlights, including pianist and singer Nicole Roth, who recently won a national teen talent search, and the Park City High School Chamber Orchestra, which will be leaving for a national competition in Boston the next day. She also noted a slightly different group of performers.

"The Park City Dance Tech team is bringing their boys break-dance team, which is going to be really cool," she said.

All in all, Patterson said the show currently includes about 14 acts.

"We’re keeping it under an hour and a half," she said.

The fairly short running time is meant to keep the event fairly viewer-friendly. However, as of this past Thursday afternoon, Patterson said she didn’t yet know what kind of crowd to expect. But, she noted, ticket sales will be vitally important to the event’s success or failure,.

"Ultimately," said Patterson, "that’s going to be what raises the money."

However, she did say she was grateful for the considerable support she’s received from the community so far. She said that all of the theatre workers were donating their time for the evening and she has received a considerable amount of advertising and publicity.

So far, Patterson added, the time putting the show together has been well spent. Hoping to give something back to Park City before she moved away, she tackled the task because she thought the People’s Health Clinic which provides medical care to those without health insurance was a worthy cause. And she added that while she wouldn’t be in Park City next spring, she wants others to continue with the effort.

"I sincerely hope that as my peers and other students see this, that they might be encouraged to pick it up next year," she said.

Whether or not the show continues, this year will offer Parkites a chance to see how talented their fellow townspeople are, while they support a local nonprofit.

"You’re never sorry to spend your time for others," said Patterson.

Park City’s Community Talent Show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 30. All proceeds will benefit the People’s Health Clinic. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and are available by cash or check at the Eccles Center box office. For more information, call 655-3114.

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