Okanagan Falls Review

PG's Got Talent hits the stage May 5

Brooklyn Derksen is one of the artists featured in this year’s PG’s Got Talent show.  -
Brooklyn Derksen is one of the artists featured in this year’s PG’s Got Talent show.
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So much talent found in one relatively small northern town.

It always amazes Sufey Chen, founder and organizer of the PG’s Got Talent show, how many people in Prince George have exceptional skills in singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. She ought to know. The UNBC student is herself a major talent. She teaches piano, does comedy and has performed in several school, Judy Russell and other musical theatre productions.

At 18, she’s taking medical studies with a minor in business. In 2010, she was named Youth of the Year for her role in organizing events, fundraising activities and her volunteerism in the community. Still she manages to juggle her work, school and volunteer activities with one of her greatest joys – discovering and showcasing new local talent.

“It’s amazing what a northern town like Prince George has to offer. Everyone has been working incredibly hard for this show and it’s been such a joy to watch it all come together,” she said.

The diversity and quality of the acts that appear on stage each year just keeps getting better, she says. Since she first began holding auditions just a few years ago, Chen has noticed that along with high-calibre talent comes passion and enthusiasm among those who try out for a spot on the show.

The 2012 PG’s Got Talent Show (which has two time slots) runs Saturday at the Prince George Playhouse.

“We have 15 tremendous acts, including belly dancing, Bollywood dancing, hip hop, lyrical dancing, singers, musical theatre artists, comedy routines, guitarists, pianists and lots more entertainment,” said Chen. The youngest is Jadyn Feyer.

“He’s fantastic. He’s just 10 years old and does this amazing dancing to Michael Jackson music. Cole Tibbett is another young dancer who does fantastic hip hop. He was on our show before and the audience just loves him. Then there’s Patrick Kilcullen, a very talented pianist. I went to high school with him and I was always amazed at his acting talent – now he’s on stage playing piano.”

Some acts are in a category all their own, she said.

“Another act to watch for is Angel Stewart who does pole dancing. This is actually a very admirable form of art because you have to be very strong to do it and Angel is also very graceful. It’s just beautiful to watch.”

Two emcees for the live show will double as comedians, she said.

Erik Leisinger is a music student at University of Victoria studying piano and he and Halle Rutledge will be providing a little humour between the acts.

“They’re just great together and I know the audience is going to enjoy them.”

As well as performing arts, there will be a display of fine arts on the wall outside the theatre, including photography and Chinese painting. Chen says the 2012 talent pool in both visual and performing arts is outstanding and that’s why the show promises to be a success.

There are two shows, both with the same acts, Saturday, May 5 at the Prince George Playhouse, at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) and 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Tickets are available at Books and Company, $20 for the 2 p.m. show, $22 for the 7 p.m. show. For more information visit pgsgottalent.com.


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