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Perspective - June 13, 2008

Talent search

Where's all the talent around here? That's what the organizers of Danville's 150th birthday party are asking. A talent show is scheduled at 8 p.m. July 3 at the Danville Veteran's Hall as an integral part of the celebration but, as of Monday, fewer than a dozen had signed up. All ages are invited to participate, and so far the talent includes an 82-year-old woman singing "5 Foot 2" and a 7-year-old boy doing a tap dance.

The show, being put together by the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and Role Players Ensemble Theatre, is an integral part of the sesquicentennial celebration for the town. At the 100-year celebration in 1958, the talent show was a hilarious event, according to reports. Some older residents remember the enthusiasm 50 years ago as residents took to the stage with their talents.

A massive effort is being undertaken this year by the Kiwanis of San Ramon Valley, the Town of Danville, the museum volunteers and other groups to stage a two-day party July 3-4 to celebrate Danville's 150th birthday as well as the 50-year anniversary of Hay Days, a four-day celebration that celebrated the town's centennial. Everyone - newcomers and oldtimers - is welcome to participate behind the scenes as well as by attending.

The organizers are convinced that talent and community spirit are just as alive and well today as they were 50 years ago: Don't be shy, they urge. Anyone who can sing, dance, juggle, play the harmonica, yodel, etc., is invited to try out to take the stage. Individuals or groups can take part. Call Betty Joyce at 314-9612 today to schedule an audition. For more information, contact Florence McAuley at 837-9565 or e-mail fbmcauley@comcast.net.

And be sure to show up at the Vet Hall, at 400 Hartz Ave., at 8 p.m. July 3 to enjoy the show.

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