High Point Has Talent, Do You?
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We've become armchair judges. For decades, we've been happily consuming voice, dance and other talent competitions through our television sets. We've used our phones to text votes. We've talked about the results in break rooms, coffee houses and on Facebook walls. Now, it's time to turn off the TV, put down the phone and dust off our own talents.
On Friday, April 22, registration opens for the first High Point Has Talent competition. The event is sponsored by the Friends of High Point Theatre and offers participants from North Carolina the chance to wow audiences and compete for cash prizes. Auditions will be held on August 29 and 30. Finalists will be invited to perform on October 8.
The Friends of High Point Theatre group seeks those who aspire to greatness in the Triad and are at least 12 years old. Registration costs $15 per act. So, if you are part of a five-piece rollerblading brass band, registration would only set you each back $3. If you are a member of a 15-person fire-breathing choir that sings balanced on a tightrope, you and your fellow members would only need to pitch in one dollar each.
Local judges will select finalists from those who audition in August. The finalists will perform on stage on October 8 in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite acts. And if I understand the rules correctly, ballot stuffing will not only be allowed, but also encouraged. Prizes for the top acts are $500, $250 and $100.
If you are not inclined to perform in front of people, opting instead to save your talents for the shower or closed-up interior of your car while driving down the highway with your playlist cranked to deafening levels, you can purchase tickets to attend the event. You can bring your keen sense of judging — you know you predicted every Idol and Voice winner since the beginning — and purchase handfuls of raffle voting tickets. Then, by stuffing the jar designated for your favorite performer, you can help determine the very first High Point Has Talent star.
For information about how you can become a contestant or sponsor, visit the High Point Theatre website at highpointtheatre.com, where registration information and artist requirements for participation will be posted. For additional information, you can also contact House Manager Karen Rimmer at email@example.com or 336-883-3625.
The Friends of the High Point Theatre is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers that provide services for special events for the High Point Theatre.