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Festival of Talent
showcases Ventura’s most talented youth

Some of Ventura’s most exciting young entertainers will perform at the Ventura Education Partnership’s annual Festival of Talent on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Ventura High School Auditorium.

Rubicon Theatre Company’s Brian McDonald is once again directing the show. This show marks the 11th anniversary of this popular fundraiser for Ventura’s schools. This year’s theme is “Night of 1,000 Stars.”

The show will start off with an opening act featuring the AiRealistic Circus and Flying School. AiRealistic is a troupe of aerial performers who have worked with Cirque du Soleil and in other top-notch productions around the world. AiRealistic recently opened a teaching facility in Ventura.

The opening number from the 2011 Festival of Talent
Photo by Marie Lakin

Comedy, amazing dance numbers, talented young vocalists and other great acts will round out this event for the whole family.

Tickets are $10 (advance general admission), $20 reserved, $15 (at-the-door general admission) and are available at all VUSD school sites and the Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Ave. You can also purchase tickets online via a credit card by going to Reserved seats are available online only.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with great food provided by Milano’s Italian Restaurant; dinner tickets are $5 per meal. Pre-show activities include paparazzi photo booths, a student art show and a silent auction. The show starts at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m.

The Ventura Education Partnership is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization which raises funds for the Ventura Unified School District. VEP helps fill in the gaps in school budgets through its GrantSmart program which has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to VUSD classrooms.

For information, call 641-5000, ext. 1550, send an email to or visit .

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