Twenty-five acts to appear at 'Omaha's Got Talent' event

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Third-year pharmacy student Tess Andersen has led the preparations for the "Omaha's Got Talent" event, which will be held in the Central High School auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 22. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Twenty-five talented Omaha-area acts will compete for a first-prize of $1,000 during the UNMC College of Pharmacy Class of 2009 "Omaha's Got Talent" event on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Central High School.

A variety of acts will compete, including 25 tap-dancing grannies, bands, singers, dancers and a 14-year-old magician on a unicycle.

The cost to attend is $20 for the public or $15 for UNMC students. Proceeds will go towards cancer research and services for patients and families through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Local celebrities will be paired with leukemia and lymphoma survivors to judge the competition.

This is the first year of the show, which is spearheaded by third-year pharmacy student Tess Andersen.

Those who attend the event are invited to join an after-party show at In Play Forte on 15th and Cuming streets. Two bands will play and there will be free soda, free pizza and free bowling.

Tickets are available for purchase online using PayPal at www.omahasgottalent.com or by cash or check at the UNMC College of Pharmacy Dean's Office, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Sept. 21.

Students will be selling tickets outside the Nebraska Cafe in University Tower Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested in getting a ticket or making a donation, go to www.omahasgottalent.com or contact Andersen at tanderse@unmc.edu or 669-2812.

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Talent competition candidate, JoJo Siwa, far right, passes time with her brother, Jayden, and grandmother, Joan, waiting for her curtain call during the Omaha's Got Talent show tryouts last month. Siwa will peform a jazz dance and vocal solo during the Sept. 22 "Omaha's Got Talent" event at Central High School.
The following are Omaha area acts who will perform during the show:


  • Kathy Coates will present a welcome video and slide show
  • JoJo Siwa, age 4, performing a jazz dance followed by vocal solo to "Love" by Natalie Cole
  • Michael Rye, a guitar player performing an original piece
  • Sesame Street Tap Dance featuring 13 children ages 9-13
  • Joo Lee, an a cappella singer performing "His Eye is on the Sparrow"
  • Andrew Lescelius, a "Dance Revolution" dancer
  • Justin Blackson, a 19-year-old gospel singer and pianist
  • Ellisa Newman, a 14-year-old performing a ballet-style dance to the song "Amazed"
  • Tommy Hanlon, a 13-year-old singer and guitar player performing "New Slang" by the Shins
  • Caleb Losh, a 10-year-old singer performing "More" by Matthew West
  • Jeff Quinn, a magician
  • Connor Mueret, a 12-year-old female singer performing "14G"
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha Dance Team


  • Will Wetzel and the Music Men performing "Ride On," which was written and composed by band members Will Wetzel, Chris Vallejo Jr., Jonathan Nichols and William Wetzel
  • Payton Thornbrugh, an 11-year-old singer performing "Right to be Wrong" by Joss Stone
  • Brittney Tartt, a 14-year-old hip hop dancer performing to "Dance With Me" by Lil Bree
  • Mariah Adams, a 16-year-old a capella singer
  • Steve Spurgeon, a singer and guitarist performing an original composition titled "Dreamer"
  • Kyle Hosick, a 14-year-old magician who will perform while riding a unicycle
  • Shea Daharsh, a singer performing "Astonishing" from Little Women
  • Justin Temme, a singer and guitarist performing "The Ride" by Chris Ledoux
  • The Omaha Dancing Grannies
  • Daniel Beeman, a 14-year-old Irish tap dancer performing to "Lord of the Dance" by Ronan Hardiman
  • The Diomandettes, an a cappella gospel group performing "Because of Who You Are" by Martha Munizzi
  • Atkinson Band performing an original composition titled "10 Days Forever" and "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's.