By Kathy L. Collins

Individuals who are a fans of America’s Got Talent or any of the other shows of the same genre, will enjoy Brandon’s Got Talent, Too! on Wednesday, October 15 at Center Place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests will see local talented residents performing a variety of acts ranging from vocalists and pianists to comedic acts.

Lisa Westcott, a community theatre veteran and director of the Joshua Generation Musical Theater Company, is the organizer of Brandon’s Got Talent, Too! Westcott said, “The Joshua Generation Musical Theater Discipleship, in conjunction with The Shining Starz Dance Studio, where the Joshua Generation discipleship trains, had a desire to provide an event that our community could participate in together. There is so much talent locally but many people rarely have venues in which to display them, especially if they only do it for fun. We wanted to give people of all ages a place where they could compete for fun and cash prizes in a friendly home town environment.”

The Joshua Generation is a musical theater company that trains up and coming young artists to use their gifts to bring hope and encouragement to the community through dance, drama, and vocal presentations.

“This event is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Joshua Generation and enable us to bring forth our message in excellence,” Westcott said.

The event is judged by both judges and the audience who are invited to purchase additional voting forms for $1 to help boost their choice. Westcott said, “We will have four local judges who are professionals in their respective areas: Oliver Sprague- vocal; Maren Fernandez- acting; Heather Price- dance; and Shanna Holland- instrumental.”

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place designees and the runners up will receive certificates.

Center Place is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon.

For more information on Brandon’s Got Talent, Too!, contact Westcott at 928-0905. For more information on The Joshua Generation Musical Theatre Company, visit www.thenewjoshuageneration.com. For more information on the Shining Starz Dance Studio, visit www.shiningstarzdancestudio.com.