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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Pageant's talent competition not the same old song and dance

  • It won’t be just singing and dancing during the Miss Kansas talent competition this year. Several instrumentalists, a baton twirler, a ventriloquist and even a monologue will join the more traditional fare on stage this year.


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  • It won’t be just singing and dancing during the Miss Kansas talent competition this year. Several instrumentalists, a baton twirler, a ventriloquist and even a monologue will join the more traditional fare on stage this year.
    For many years, singers dominated the talent selections with dancers usually filling out the field. Occasionally, an instrumentalist would join the group and on rare occasions something outside that group would make its way on stage.
    Other talent competitions in the past have included a martial arts demonstration and a magician.
    This year the audience will be treated to couple of piano players, a guitar, a flute, a violin, a saxophone as well as the ventriloquist and the monologue in addition to the singers and dancers.
    The other competitions of the pageant each have their own appeal to the audience. Evening gown, swimsuit and on stage question offer unique challenges for the contestants. But the talent competition puts each contestant in front of the audience for the most amount of time and is always an audience favorite.
    With more types of talent it promises to be a very entertaining element of the pageant.
    “I love the variety from a production aspect,” said Sue Givens, MKP executive director.
    Having other talent options makes it easier to schedule preliminary night competition order. It helps prevent having two contestants with the same kind of talent performing back to back.
    While singers have been dominating for many years, recent pageants have seen more dancers and some problems with scheduling.
    “Last year we actually had so many dancers, I had to section the slots during the competition lottery to avoid having a full night of dancers,” Givens said.
    The increase in the number of dancers and other talent is a change Givens has seen over the years. It is part of a trend of a wider variety in talent that is noticeable in not only the Miss Kansas Pageant but also at Miss America
    “I noticed at Miss America that we are beginning to see more variety in talent also,” Givens said.
    The change in the range of talent may be an increase in the diversity of Miss Kansas contestants, a desire to demonstrate a uniqueness or just an overall broadening of acceptance and desire to be entertained by audiences, judges and the country.
    “Some might attribute this to shows such as “America’s Got Talent,” Givens said. “And for those of us old enough to remember, the Ed Sullivan Show, it just might be that variety is back.”
    Whatever the reason, when the contestants take the stage for preliminary competitions, the Miss Kansas audience this year will be entertained with a much wider variety of talent presentations than they have seen in several years.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Preliminary nights are at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8 with final night competition at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 in the Dennis Lash Sports Arena at Pratt Community College.
     
     
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