Annual ‘Henry Has Talent’ show coming up

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Wednesday is the last day to sign up early for a chance to show off on stage, while helping children learn the value of reading.

Auditions for the 10th annual “Henry Has Talent” show are scheduled for January 27 beginning at 1 p.m., at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., in McDonough. Audition application and check must be postmarked by Wednesday as well. Each audition must be 2-3 minutes long.

The talent show is scheduled for February 3 at 6:30 p.m., also at the PAC. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the talent show. Admission is $12 for adults, and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under will get in free.

“Henry Has Talent” is a fundraiser for the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy’s Henry County chapter, which has been in operation for 17 years. It is being produced in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Henry County.

Funds generated from the talent show will go toward providing free books for preschoolers in Henry County, said Chapter President Patti Brown. Every registered child, she said, will receive an age-appropriate book each month until until he or she turns five years old.

“All the proceeds go to the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy,” she said. “Our mission is to increase childhood literacy by sending free books to preschoolers, directly to their home. Over our 10 years, we’ve sent out about 150,000 books. Right now, 1,800 kids in Henry County receive books.”

Talent-show organizers are encouraging musicians, dancers, actors, tumblers, magicians, jugglers, mimes, comedians and other performers to audition for the event. Brown said Henry County’s creative side comes out in full force at the event each year.

“We had about 35 people who auditioned last year, and 23 advanced to the show,” said Brown. “We have had everything from singing, karate, mimes, instrumental, and acting. We’ve had a mother-daughter singing act. We’ve had quite a wide variety of different things. You don’t necessarily have to live in Henry County. ‘Henry Has Talent’ is the name of our show, but it’s open to anyone who has talent, of all ages.”

Cash prizes and a high school educational scholarship will be awarded after the show. The high-school award winner must be a resident of Henry County or must attend a high school in Henry County.

For more information, call Patti Brown at 678-788-7565.