The School For Special Children Presents The Chapala Talent Show

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The Board for The School for Special Children in Jocotopec has been working diligently to raise much needed funds. Our organization, which owns the school, provides 100 special needs students a bus to take them to and from school, a hot meal, school supplies, help with special projects, maintenance of the school and its grounds, and paying all non-teaching staff.

One of our fundraising ideas this year was to have an event which would showcase Mexican Talent. We began by auditioning talent for six shows. Shows have been held through November, December, and January, with one winner chosen from each show. The finale will feature these six finalists where one winner will receive the grand prize of 25,000 pesos.

We are excited to have contestants from Puerta Vallarta and Guadalajara, as well as from the lakeside area of Ajijic, Chapala and Jocotopec. Our judges are as follows: Mark Rome, owner of The Spotlight Club who has been booking cabaret acts in PV, Toronto and Lakeside for over 20 years: Michael Reason, an orchestral conductor who has worked all over the world including the Taipei Symphony, Mexico City Symphony and also Czech Symphony; and last, Collette Clavadetscher, current President of the Lakeside Little Theater who has directed many plays both here and in Switzerland.

We have completed five out of six shows and our goal has been to highlight as much variety of talent and ages as possible. From a 9 year old mariachi singer to a trio of musicians. Each contestant performs twice allowing the judges to see their wide range of stage presence and likeability.

Winners include:

Victor Garcia, a brilliant violinist and composer. He is from Lakeside, but is known to classical musicians in Guadalajara as well.

Roy Cruz, a Freddie Mercury impersonator. Roy is from Guadalajara but studied at Northwestern University in Chicago and has a PhD in Performance.

Luis Sanchez from Guadalajara who placed 2nd last year in Mexico’s The Voice.

Yanen Saavedra, a singer songwriter who has performed all over Europe and is currently living and performing in Guadalajara.

A tie with Mariana Vigueras and Gibran Lopez, two amazing singers with completely different styles.

Our last show was held Sunday, January 26 at the Spotlight Club when our last finalist was chosen. We have recruited celebrity judges from Guadalajara and PV for the Grand Finale. During that show we plan to have a group from the School for Special Children open the show with a special song and dance. A reminder of why we do what we do and to showcase some of our amazing children.

Please join us for the Grand Finale SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 7:00 p.m. at the Auditorio De La Ribera in La Floresta. All proceeds benefit The School for Special Children. Tickets are available at the Auditorio and the Spotlight Club. Middle Seats $350 pesos and Side Seats $300 pesos.

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