BRIDGTON — The first leg of the third annual Lake Region’s Got Talent was held Sunday, Jan. 10, on stage at the Mayfair Theater at Magic Lantern, 9 Depot St. This showcase for gifted entertainers is produced and hosted as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Lake Region Community Theatre. Money raised help fund the annual plays produced by LRCT that highlight community talent.

Serving as master of ceremonies was Peter Allen of Gorham.

Following each performance, judges Mary Bastoni, Jenni Null, Laurie Shepard, Barbara Stauble and Jerry Walker provided feedback.

At the end of the show, Allen delivered the news that the following acts will move on to the semifinals: vocalist Willow Carter of Fryeburg, who sang “Little House” and gave a performance described as “a beautiful, organic presentation”; jazz dancer Kristin Farwell of Windham, who glided across the stage to “Ain’t Nobody”; dancer Liza Collins-Schrader of Windham, who mesmerized the judges with her expressive movements to “In the Rain”; and vocalist Marissa Morrissette of Windham, who displayed elegance, maturity and softness as she sang “Believe” by Cher.

All of the above will perform in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Magic Lantern.

In the meantime, seven other acts will appear on the stage at the Magic Lantern for their quarterfinal performances at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17: Alivia Benish (soloist); Rosario Lydon (dancer) with Avery Mentzinger (soloist); Liza Schrader-Collins, Kristin Farwell and Laura Taylor (dance troupe) all of Windham; Amanda-Grace Neddenreip (soloist) of Stow; Abbie Vaughn (soloist) of Brownfield; Dani Gordon (soloist); and Brianna Warren (dancer) of Casco.

Tickets for the quarterfinals cost $5 and are available at the door.

The top six acts will compete Sunday, Jan. 31, for a chance to win more than $1,000 in cash and prizes.

All four shows will be televised on Lake Region Television after the show dates. Visit for the schedule.

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