Annual talent show on the Apollo Stage this weekend | Journal-news


MARTINSBURG — Cari Parkinson, coordinator of the annual talent show at the Apollo Civic Theater, is looking forward to an in-person show on Saturday.

With a variety of acts including singers, musicians, dancers, aerial silks and more, Parkinson said it was a “must see” show.

“We will also welcome some past winners,” she said. “Having this event in person and seeing these artists doing what they love is humbling. One of the main reasons our show exists is for people to share what they love, and when our contestants share with us show this vulnerable side of themselves, it’s a beautiful thing.

The show will take place at the Apollo Civic Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door the night of the show or can be purchased now by going to

“It’s a huge boost when a friend comes to see you on a show, so if someone has a friend or family member on the show, they should come out and support them,” Parkinson said. “And hey, you don’t even have to know anyone on the show, just knowing people want to come see us is a blessing. And in addition to supporting the contestants, you’ll be supporting the theater itself. -even, because this show is an important fundraiser for us.

She explained that one of her favorite parts of hosting the event is being able to help someone who may be uncomfortable putting themselves forward.

“I love it. Working with people and providing them with a platform to share their talent is why I do this,” Parkinson said.

She said the show is really about the community and the people who make it up.

“One of the coolest parts is watching the seats fill up as our community comes together to celebrate these people,” Parkinson said. “That kind of energy is contagious. So let’s get together and pack the house this Saturday.

Contestant Shelby Rose said she was thrilled to share a vocal performance of “Wondering” by Olivia Rodrigo and Julia Lester. Rose said she loved singing and performing since before she could remember.

When asked how it felt to have an in-person event at the Apollo, Rose said, “It’s crazy to think it’s been almost two years since this has been able to happen.”

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