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Talent abounds in Wilson County LV Shoestring Stage Productions’ annual show is Saturday in La Ver

Talent abounds in Wilson County LV Shoestring Stage Productions’ annual show  is Saturday in La Ver
KSAT 12/Courtesy LV Shoestrings Stage Production President Clay Bordner promotes the organization’s Wilson County’s Got Talent show during an appearance on KSAT 12’s “SA Live” show Oct. 29, with host Fiona Gorostiza. She will judge the talent lined up this Saturday, for the fifth annual talent show in the La Vernia High School auditorium.

It sounds like the lineup for a major television talent search, but it’s taking place right here in La Vernia Saturday night!

The fifth annual Wilson County’s Got Talent show will feature a father of twins who works for the La Vernia Independent School District, performing a balancing act in hopes of breaking a Guinness world record, along with the musical talents of Stockdale High School student Matt Hartman, the FFA All-State singing performance winner. Ticket holders also can enjoy a first-time act a female barbershop quartet ...and a young singer/songwriter who will debut her song, hoping to record it and make it big.

The show will take place in the La Vernia High School auditorium Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. and is brought to you by LV Shoestring Stage Productions, a local nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2010.

This year’s talent will be judged by a panel including TV celebrity Fiona Gorostiza from KSAT 12’s “SA Live,” Julie Dahlberg with Wilson County News, and Arland Schnacker, The Riverboat Piano Player.

A magician will provide entertainment during seating and the intermission. Concessions will be offered by the La Vernia High School “Lunch Ladies.”

Also during the event, LV Shoestring Stage Productions will award a monetary prize to La Vernia High School art student Rachel Henkes. Her entry won the competition to design this year’s program cover. The evening also will include a scholarship drive for the nonprofit group.

Take your cameras!

Tickets are available at La Vernia News, The Music Loft, and the Wilson County News office.

Behind the scenes

LV Shoestring Stage Productions was the brainchild of Angie Puchot of La Vernia, who gathered several community members who had performed in plays at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, and this writer, who had performed in plays at St. Ann’s and La Vernia United Methodist Church. Shelley Henderson, an artist and playwright, was invited to join the group, which at the time included Jane and Richard Lorenz, Craig and Ginger McDowell, Clay Bordner, and Lorne Brandt.

The organization produced La Vernia’s Got Talent in 2010. Austin Mahone made his stage debut during that show, held in the La Vernia Junior High School cafeteria. The show was such a success that the organization changed the event to Wilson County’s Got Talent, for subsequent shows in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Henderson wrote a play, “Maggie Mae’s Blue Plate Special, or Puttin’ on the Grits,” performed by the group in spring 2012.

Although there have been some personnel changes, the main focus remains the same: LV Shoestring Stage Productions has formed for the sole purpose of bringing enjoyment, entertainment, and the experience of The Arts to our community. The group’s goal is to someday have a place of its own where they can host events, plays, and shows for the community.

Find out more at www.lvshoestring.com or find them on their Facebook page at LV Shoestring Stage Productions.

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