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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is gearing up for 1970s-style variety show called “Madison’s Got Talent” on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. The event will showcase a myriad of local talent, displaying their gifts of singing, dancing, music, and comedy. The STMA is located at 4200 Bethany Road in Buckhead. Tickets are on sale now for $40 each. “This is going to be a rollicking and entertaining event, showcasing some of the Madison-area’s finest talents!” said STMA Director Karen Strelecki. “We are so excited about everyone in our cast and we’re especially honored to welcome to our stage as the headliner of the show the one and only Jeffrey Wells, Metropolitan Opera singer and Artistic Director of Oconee Performing Arts Society!”

“If people enjoyed (and I know they did!) Madison Confidential last spring, they are going to love this! Where else could you be entertained by fabulous dancers, singers, comedians and a magician?!” added Strelecki.   Erin Garrett will host as her alterego Carol Burnedout. Metropolitan Opera Singer Jeffrey Wells will be featured as the show’s headliner, performing his rendition of “Without a Song.” David Shytle will perform an Andy Griffith routine, entitled “What is Was, Was Football.” STMA Director Karen Strelecki and Claudia Davis will perform a hip-hop routine set to Macklemore’s hit, “Thrift Shop.” Jerry Skidmore will perform his own original comedy stand-up material. Dona Franks will sing Peggy Lee’s song, “Fever!”

Savannah Webb will sing Etta James’ classic hit, “At Last.” Webb’s chilling rendition won her a talent show in Oconee County. Connie Miracle’s Line Dancers will perform a “kickin’ routine” to “Old Bones” by George Burns. The Mood Makers, a three-piece bluegrass band comprised of Joan and Pete Ekstrom and Randy Moody, will also hit the stage. Robb Watts has joined forces with Terry and Justin Kennedy to form a three-piece electric band that will surely knock listeners’ socks off. Tom Duff, a local magician, is set to perform “amazing tricks” at the event. Viv Martinez and Reggie Gacad from Contact DanceFX of Athens will dance “a fun and cheeky salsa number” to Azafata by Johnny Vazques and choreographed by Natalie Cox. Jennifer Adams and Christopher Weaver will perform a jazzy foxtrot to Business of Love by Domino, choreographed by Jennifer Adams. But you don’t have to wait until the night of the event to catch a glimpse of what these diversely talented acts are like, you can head over the STMA website to see clips of the talent now. You can also cast your vote for your favorite act.

A minimum donation of $5 is required to participate in the online voting portion of the event. “The online competition on our website will be Jib-Jab videos with our actors. I think these are going to be really funny. They don’t necessarily represent the actual acts they’ll be doing for us, but they’ll be loosely related!” promised Karen Strelecki. Visit to check it out.

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