SOKY’s Got Talent will return this year, once again giving people in the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center’s 10-county service area an opportunity to show the community what they’ve got.

Last year, the event drew competitors showcasing a range of talents from singing to stand-up comedy, said Debbie Thornton, a member of the SKyPAC Foundation’s board of directors.

“We were very excited about it,” she said. “We felt it was a success, and we hope to make it one of our flagship events.”

SOKY’s Got Talent will return with a kickoff event at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Arts Center. It will feature performances from winners of last year’s contest, including singer Justin Cole, harp player Madeline Arney and the Thunderbird Tap Dancers.

Tickets are available at theskypac.com for $15 to $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Anyone interested in competing in this year’s SOKY’s Got Talent can submit a demo at SKyPAC or online at sokysgot talent.com, Thornton said.

There will be in-person auditions at SKyPAC on July 20, she said.

The contest is open to residents of Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren counties, Thornton said.

Thornton said SOKY’s Got Talent is a fundraiser for SKyPAC and a chance to showcase the region’s talent.

“It’s wonderful to put local talent on these beautiful stages and that is a big draw, I think,” she said.

About 50 or 60 competitors will reach the semifinals Aug. 2-3. Competition starts at 7 p.m. both nights at the Capitol Arts Center.

“There’s a narrowing down process because for the finals we need to get it down to some 50 to 60 acts for the semifinals,” she said.

The SOKY’s Got Talent grand finale is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at SKyPAC, Thornton said. Ticket prices for the semifinals and the grand finale have not been finalized.

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