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'Barton County's Got Talent' adds audition night
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Sponsors of "Barton County’s Got Talent" have added one last chance to audition for the upcoming dinner theater, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Auditions will start at 5 p.m. this Wednesday in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium. Anyone wanting to try out can reserve a 10-minute time slot by calling event organizer Rachel Mawhirter, 620-786-4896.

Singers, dancers, comedians, poets and other talented individuals are needed for the "Barton County’s Got Talent" dinner theater scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Several acts tried out at earlier auditions, but Wednesday’s session was added because of the high demand for audition time, Mawhirter said.

"It’s fabulous to know that the word is out about our talent competition," she said. "We’ve had lots of interest from college students in performing, so we decided to hold this last audition session on their turf." Non-students are also welcome to audition.

Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization, which strives to make simple, decent and affordable housing a reality in the Barton County area. The latest building project is the construction of a home at 19th and Hubbard in Great Bend.

David Hart, cochairman of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, said the board is in the process of selecting the partner family who will purchase this home from the organization.

When the exterior construction was completed earlier this year, Hart explained, "We provide families with brand new homes on a 30-year, interest free mortgage when they might not be able to acquire traditional lending. Partner families must put in volunteer hours on the project, so we’ll hold off on finishing the construction completely until the new family can start helping out."

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a partner family or a project volunteer may contact Habitat for Humanity at 3600 Broadway in Great Bend by e-mailing or by calling the Dominican Sisters, 620-792-1232.

"There is a great need for adequate housing in our community," Hart said. "Our dinner theater fundraiser will be a fun and entertaining way to raise funds and awareness for our upcoming projects."