Council Bluffs shows off talent in a ‘Got Talent’ mock off


By Alexander Anton

What do you think of when someone says talent show? Your mind might spring to thoughts of grade school, crammed into the auditorium for the afternoon. More likely, you’ll think of the hit reality show “America’s Got Talent.”While David Hasselhoff and the rest of the “America’s Got Talent” crew have made it obvious that America is filled with talent, we rarely get to see the hidden talent in our own backyards. With their new program, “Council Bluffs Has Talent,” the Bluffs Art Council hopes to highlight individuals with a variety of talents, making their presence known to the public.

The Bluffs Art Council provides a variety of art classes, camps and concerts in the Council Bluffs area. BAC Executive Director Laurel Ronk said the purpose of the Council Bluffs Has Talent program is “to showcase the many talents that our community has to offer.” The Bluffs Arts Council will coordinate this program in partnership with the Council Bluffs Parks Department and Music and Movies in the Park.

Music and Movies in the Park offers Council Bluffs residents free entertainment, and chosen auditions will get to perform for the crowd, as well. Although the namesake is obviously inspired by the television show, Ronk stressed this is not a contest. Chosen performers will receive nothing beyond the chance to perform for the local audience – no Vegas show here. But who knows? Sometimes a local performance can provide that big break.

Today there are a lot of things that can be considered talent- on the television show; winners have ranged from an 11-year-old singer to a ventriloquist. Other acts often included comedy, magic or acrobatics. So, what can you expect from Council Bluffs Has Talent?

“We hope to have choral groups, musical performances and dramatic musical plays.” Ronk said.

So, you probably won’t see some of the high flying, daredevil stunts that you might see on TV. More likely, you might see a local band or a school drama club performance. Then again, you never know what sort of talents might pop up if given the chance. More than anything, the program seeks to expand the free entertainment by providing a stage for those seeking it. It’s hard to imagine a better way for a community to come together and have fun while recognizing what it has to show off.

If you’re interested in showing off your own talent, just send a three to four minute audition tape to the BAC Office at 209 Pearl, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51503. Each submission has a $5 fee and must be in by April 23.