The Alexandria Lakes Area second annual talent show will feature seven acts on Thursday, April 14

The acts will feature a variety of talents, from dancing, singing and rapping to original poetry and a classical piano rendition.

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Levi Gibson demonstrates a kick to Abby Kangas for their martial arts demonstration at the Alexandria Lakes Area Talent Show on April 22, 2021. They won first place.
Alexandria Echo Press file photo.

ALEXANDRIA — For the second year in a row, the Alexandria Lakes Area Talent Show will showcase acts at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

According to Mark Halvorson, performing arts manager, audience members can expect to watch a variety of seven performances. Such as a classical piano rendition, acapella singing, an original property reading, self-choreographed dances, an original rap song and a singing duet.

Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce dollars will be awarded to the three best performances of the night. $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Typically, the Judges of the show — Chuck Grussing, Dave Holtz and Paulette Friday — would select the top 10 auditions to perform at the show. However, this year, just seven acts submitted auditions compared to last year's 25, so all will perform.

The show will occur at the AAHS Performing Arts Center located at 4300 Pioneer Rd SE on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. and is expected to run over an hour.


Unlike last year, there will be no live streaming of the show online. The show will be performed entirely in front of a live audience.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased at the door, over the phone by calling 320-762-3310 ext. 2 or online at

The talent show is made possible by Alexandria Public Schools Community Education and Elden's Fresh Foods.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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