Banner Staff Writer
The Grand Prize winner of Bradley Initiative for Church and Community’s “So You Think You Have Talent” competition stands to win $500 the night of April 25.
All hopefuls must first audition on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Starfish Program director and BICC staff member Corinne Freeman said the evaluators will be looking for a variety of stage talent. All ages are welcomed to audition.
Added Freeman, “The only rule is that the performance must be family-friendly and the application must be received by the deadline of Feb. 8. The early deadline of Jan. 31 is listed on the application, as those received by that date will be given priority in scheduling.”
There is a $10 application fee for every act. An additional $25 competition fee will be added for those selected. The amount must be paid before the individual or group is allowed to perform. Ten finalists will be chosen following the auditions.
According to Freeman, the audition time slots are designed on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Selected acts will compete Friday, April 25, in front of an audience and a panel of judges well rehearsed in dancing, music and performing. The judges will take notes on each act’s technical aspects, originality, audience response and overall aesthetic appeal. A grand prize winner will be announced at the end of the competition, along with four other winning categories.
Freeman said the competition provides a unique opportunity for local performers to showcase their talents.
“Cleveland has an abundance of outstanding talent, in all forms, and we want to provide an opportunity to share that on a broader scale that brings a diverse audience together to enjoy a taste of what Cleveland has to offer,” Freeman said. “[All this] ... while supporting families and children in our community.”
All proceeds from the event will go toward supporting BICC’s Starfish program. The services offered through Starfish educate parents on how to become their child’s best first teacher. The program makes up the nonprofit’s early childhood parent education program.
Freeman highlighted the importance of the program for the vulnerable families of Bradley County.
“We work with families who are experiencing obstacles in life to reach their goals and understand the critical importance of the first five years of their child’s life,” Freeman said. “We provide all of our services, the in-home visits’ individualized lessons, resource linkage, screenings, monthly group connections and parent support, at no cost to our families.”
She said the services offered through Starfish better ensure the community of a brighter future.
More information on the competition and auditioning process can be found by either calling Freeman at 423-559-1112 or emailing her at email@example.com.