Door County’s Got Talent: Senior Organizes Community-Wide Talent Show

A Gibraltar senior with a lifetime of memories in the performing arts hopes to give back to the school programs that inspired her involvement in theater with a community-wide talent show.

The event on April 15 is an open invitation for residents to share their talents with the community and is the culmination of Hadley Reetz’s senior community service project.

Door County Talent Show organizer Hadley Reetz.

“Every senior is given the task, in order to graduate, to do a community project that will benefit the community and I chose to do a talent show first of all, to give back to the arts program at Gibraltar because I’ve grown up in a community that’s so involved and so heavy in theater and the arts which I’ve grown up around and I need to give back to that,” Reetz said. “On the other hand there’s so much talent in Door County and within Gibraltar that I figured everyone was able to perform in front of each other and to really showcase Door County’s talent.”

While Reetz points to a history in painting and photography, theater has been her main passion since a very young age. She recalls being carried upon Oberon’s shoulders at Door Shakespeare as the changeling child, starring in Third Avenue Playhouse’s powerful production of columbinus, and currently, is “pouting about as Pugsley from The Addams Family” at the Door Community Auditorium. Roles in high school musicals and the Forensics program have filled in the gaps.

On April 15, she will assume the role of director for the Door County Talent Show in Baileys Harbor. People of all ages and abilities are invited to sign up to perform with the only restriction being the size of the town hall stage. Otherwise, if you’ve got a talent, she wants to hear from you.

A panel of judges representing various forms of art, theater and performance in Door County will award first, second and third place. A silent auction will round out the evening’s program.

“The show will start at 7 pm on Saturday, April 15 and then an hour prior the doors will open and there will be a silent auction filled with Door County themed baskets,” Reetz said. “There is going to be a sports basket, a theater/arts basket, a food basket, an outdoor basket and so on and then also there’s going to be a lot of student art auctioned off that was made by students from Gibraltar.”

Goodwill donations will be accepted at the door with proceeds benefiting Gibraltar School’s arts programs.

“My hope is really that I get enough people in the community to come together to experience how wonderful this community is for theater and the arts because I think sometimes that’s overlooked in the younger generations and my generation and such,” Reetz said. “Because Door County is such an amazing place for the arts and I really hope at the end of the day that everybody can recognize how talented everyone is and how much it really lifts people up to see each other do well and come out of their shells to perform.”

The talent show is scheduled for Saturday, April 15 at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, 2392 County Road F in Baileys Harbor. Doors open at 6 pm for coffee, snacks and a silent auction. The show begins at 7 pm.

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