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The Center Theatre hosted the first preliminary event for the Central Maine Talent Search on Saturday, June 2nd. By the end of the evening, the three-judge panel and the 120-person audience had chosen Aidan Manning and Parker Kelley as the winners of the event. Both will continue on to the Grand Finale on Saturday, September 15th where they will be eligible to win $500 and other prizes.
Patrick Myers, the Executive Director of the Center Theatre, said he was very happy with the event. "Since it was the first time we've ever done something like this, we weren't sure what to expect. We were thrilled by the great turnout and the enthusiasm the audience showed. Considering how good all the performers were, the audience vote really was the deciding factor in choosing the winner." Both winners performed impressive dance routines. Parker Kelley channeled Michael Jackson's moves while dancing to Beat It and Aidan Manning did a hip hop dance routine to the song Disclosure by White Noise.
Myers said that the Theatre is still accepting registrations for the last two preliminary events. The next preliminary is on Saturday, July 7th and the last preliminary is Saturday, August 18th. Interested performers can find a copy of the official rules at the Center Theatre or by visiting the Center Theatre website. Registration is open until Friday, July 20th. The Center Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission of making the arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands by providing affordable arts, culture, education, and entertainment. For more information on any of the Center Theatre's programs visit, call the Theatre at (207)564-8943, or stop at the box office at 20 East Main Street between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM weekdays.

Patrick Myers, Executive Director of the Center Theatre (center), stands between first-place winner Aidan Manning (right) and runner-up Parker Kelley (left) who will both be performing at the Central Maine Talent Search Finale on September 15th, at the Center Theatre.
Members of the Levi Stewart Community Theater rehearse the soap opera mystery spoof "Let's Hang Him and Read The Will" by Pat Cook. Performances are on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th then again on Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd. All performances will be held at 7 PM. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Admission to the play will be $6. All is not well in little town of Beautyrest Springs. The town's most prominent and despised citizen did himself in. At least, that’s what the Sheriff reports in between his visits with the maid, who is also seeing the gardener, who is sweet on the local reporter. It is up to the attorney to find the missing will, the missing diamond ring, and the misplaced family scrapbook. Add to the mix the daffy sister and two people who show up claiming to be the same long lost daughter. This spoof will keep you guessing until the last suspect you suspected is no longer a suspect. The play will be held at the Stewart Library Building in Corinna. 
Pictured from left to right: Sherman Cookson, Susan Bagely, Bob Giggy and Allen Proctor from the cast of LSCT's current production.
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