Get your act together because a talent show is coming to Park Theater in August.
Homeless of McMinnville Effort, or HOME, is holding its inaugural Warren County’s Got Talent on Aug. 28 as a fundraiser to help support the nonprofit in its endeavors to assist the homeless community in Warren County. All proceeds from admission and ticket sales will go directly to helping those in need by supplying hot meals, lodging, and many other essentials.
The talent show will take place at Park Theater and host Chad Cagle, who serves as Head of Ministry at HOME and is the mastermind of the idea, is thrilled about the opportunity.
“We are always looking for ideas for fundraisers,” said Cagle. “We come together and brainstorm, try to think of ways to raise some money for HOME. I came up with the idea and everyone loved it, so we’re putting it all into motion.”
The process will begin with accepting registration from anyone from anywhere who wishes to participate. Entry fees are $25 per act and can be paid on Aug. 14 between 4 and 8 p.m. at Bill’s BBQ. At this time, the first round elimination will take place and all entries will be allowed a turn to show what they are made of before the judges deliberate over which 20 to keep for the final showing Aug. 28.
Judges Joe Harvey, Mayor Ryle Chastain and Dana Mullican will use criteria ranging from crowd response, to stage presence to determine the winner in the spirit of keeping things fair.
“We wanted to make sure that a dancer and singer, for example, are scored fairly,” said Cagle. “So the areas judges will be looking at will level the playing field for all involved.”
Though there are few limitations on what acts are welcome to Warren County’s Got Talent, Cagle reminds the public they must be family-friendly and pets are welcome as members of the performances.
“The response has been pretty big already,” said Cagle of the growing number of interested participants. “I’ve had people from Sparta, Sewanee and even Sequatchie County tell me they’re going to be entering.”
HOME generates its funding from fundraisers and donations alone. None of the staff are paid. Everyone assisting the efforts are unpaid volunteers who simply wish to improve the lives of those who had fallen on hard times and found themselves in situation that, at times, may appear to be impossible.
Warren County’s Got Talent will take place Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting https://www.mcminnvilleparktheater.com/upcoming-events.