Move over Simon Cowell, Rainier’s Veronica Brauer is putting on a talent show of her own, the city’s very first Rainier’s Got Talent.
Only in Brauer’s version of the show there will be no “Xs,” no disapproving judges and no winners or losers.
“It’s not a contest,” she said. “There’s not gonna be a first, second (or) third prize. Everybody’s gonna be a winner.”
Rainier’s Got Talent will be held during Pioneer Days at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, at Wilkowski City Park in downtown Rainier.
“Most of the people who have weekends free can join and have a really good time and enjoy it,” Brauer said.
There will also be a couple raffle drawings during the show set at $1 a ticket, with proceeds going to the Rainier Senior Center.
Brauer said the types of acts the show is trying to attract include dancing, singing, magic tricks, comedy, instrument recitals, pet tricks, short fiction or poetry recitation or really anything someone is talented in that can be shown in three to five minutes.
All ages are welcome to participate, with the two-to-three hour program hosting three age groups: children, those 13 to 21 years old and those 22 and up.
“There is no audition,” Brauer said. “It’s anybody. Anybody who has a talent is welcome to just come as you are and enjoy expressing what you do and have fun.”
Those interested in performing should message Brauer on Facebook up until a week before the event at the account named “Veronica Brauer” from Rainier or post on the “We Love Rainier” Facebook page.
And Brauer isn’t just organizing the event. She’ll be one of its stars.
“I’m making an outfit to do Mexican dance, a folklore song,” she said. “It’s going to be just big colorful skirts that I will move everywhere and go with the music. It’s a very popular kind of music in my country. I’m really excited about it.”
Yet the event is still in need of one crucial piece of infrastructure.
“We need to get a stage,” Brauer said. “Kind of like a little stage for people to perform on it … so people can see the performances. People will be sitting on blankets across the park, like a big family picnic. Hopefully it’s going to be a great show.”
The idea for the event came to fruition as people discussed the types of events the We Love Rainier group could hold for the community. When Brauer heard about a potential talent show, she jumped at the opportunity to head it up.
“I really like to be part of the community and I go with the seniors to the senior center and this came up as an idea and then we just started working on it,” Brauer said. “It’s something beautiful for the community.”
Brauer said she’s been hearing great things from the community, and as of the end of May, she already had five people signed up.
“I’m 1,000 percent excited,” she said. “I’m so looking forward to it. When I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes. I’m getting support from people who really want to participate.”