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Star tenor Blake Ellege makes an appearance at Brevard's Got Talent, a benefit event for SAFE, Inc., of Transylvania County.

Star tenor Blake Ellege makes an appearance at Brevard’s Got Talent, a benefit event for SAFE, Inc., of Transylvania County.

If American Idol and its various iterations have gotten too saccharine for you, too altogether scripted and predictable, get a dose of real-time talent at a Transylvania County event staged for a great cause.

The first annual Brevard’s Got Talent, originally scheduled last week but postponed because of snow, happens Saturday, January 30 at Brevard Little Theatre, and will include performances by local singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and a puppeteer. The three judges include prolific recording artist Blake Ellege, a Brevard College graduate who was named one of the four top tenors in America, and also received an award nomination from The Kennedy Center for “Best Sound Design in a Collegiate Theater Production” in 2013. Ellege will give a special performance during the talent show.

The winning performer in each of three categories — youth, teen, and adult — gets a hefty trophy, and all proceeds go to SAFE, Inc. of Transylvania County, a group dedicated to prevention of, and intervention in, cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

SAFE provides an emergency shelter for women and children, offers counseling and group advocacy, a 24-hour helpline, a life-skills programs, intervention programs for abusers, and prevention outreach for teens entering relationships.

“We hope Brevard’s Got Talent will bring our community together to make Transylvania County a safer place for everyone,” Sharon Gurtler of SAFE, the show’s producer/director, recently said in a press statement.

 7pm. $20. Brevard Theatre is located at 55 E. Jordan St. Tickets available at SAFE’s office (50 E. Appletree St.), SAFE’s Attic (168 North Broad St.) and Attic Interiors (144 E. Main St.).

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