LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center is currently seeking performers and selling tickets for its 27th Annual Lip Sync Contest.
The community contest will take place at 6 p.m. March 1 in the Mifflin County High School auditorium. Unlike other years, the contest will not have a set theme, just a variety of acts.
"It's the 27th year, so we really just have a variety of acts, whatever comes forwards, that's what you are going to get for the night," said Debra Fisher, the center's Director of Support Services.
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Performers from Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center helped during last year’s show. Beth Zong hopes people will learn more about the center during the 27th year of the contest. All ages are welcome to participate in the Lip Sync Contest. The divisions are usually split between youth and adult contestants. The contest is meant to be family based, so all ages can enjoy the acts performing.
Beth Zong, the Executive Director of the center, said she likes how the contest allows the community to interact with them, and learn more about what they do.
"What I like is it gives the agency or the community the ability to get to know us. It is a fund raiser. We don't make a tremendous amount of money for the amount of work that goes into it, but it allows the community to know who we are and it allows us to showcase some of our programs. They learn about us as an agency," she said.
Zong added that some of the people the center helps get to participate in the show.
"The individuals we serve get to participate and actually compete in some of the acts or participate in the opening act. So it's just a way for the community to get engaged," she said.
Each year the staff of the center, as well as its board of directors participates in the grand finale. This year's performance is being kept secret, but past performances included "Sound of Music," and last year's was "American Bandstand." Fisher said they always try to top previous performances.
"We do wonderful closing acts and you need to come see the, and every year we try to get better and better and top it. We get all our staff and board to be a part of the closing act," she said.
Fisher said when the adults choose to do a comedy related song, it is usually the most well-received.
"Of course you add an adult act with comedy. People love to watch adults make fools of themselves," she said.
Zong said the event is special because it allows the people they help to express themselves in new ways.
"It's just a venue for them to express themselves through dance and movement," she said.
Applications for this year's show are available online at www.mjsnc.org, at the Mifflin County Library, Mifflin County High School, Juniata and East Juniata High Schools, Mifflin County Junior High, Mifflin County Middle School, Tuscarora Junior High School and the Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center. The center is located at 31 S. Dorcas St., Lewistown. Applications are due no later than Feb. 17.
Tickets for the show are on sale now by advance order and can be bought at the center. All floor seating will cost $10 and stadium seating is $8. Leftover tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds will go towards funding the different activities, classes, groups and assistance for the center.
For more information, call the special needs center at 248-6261.