LOUISVILLE, KY (January 8, 2018) – Louisville’s Got Talent, CenterStage’s youth talent competition is back for its fifth year! Young performers will take the stage in The J Linker Auditorium to compete for cash prizes and be given the opportunity to be seen by local talent agencies and directors. Registration is currently open for all talented youth, ages 6-18, performing as individuals or as groups. Acts in the past have included vocalists, bands, magicians, dancers, pianists, instrumentalists, jugglers and comedians.
First-round auditions will be held Sunday, February 11, from 3-6 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for alternate audition date on Thursday, February 8 by calling 502-238-2709. Participants must register in advance at www.CenterStageJCC.org/talent. Registration fees are $15 per person until January 31, $20 per person beginning February 1. Participants can audition for more than one act for only $5 for each additional act. The Top 20 acts will go on to compete in the Live Grand Finale on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. at The J, 3600 Dutchmans Lane. Audition slots are expected to full up quickly, so sign up early.
Louisville’s Got Talent Grand Finale participants will compete for over $1,200 in cash prizes for categories including Best Performance 6-12yr old, Best Performance 13-18yr old, People’s Choice Award and Grand Prize Winner. Esteemed judges for the finale include Robert Curran, Louisville Ballet Artistic Director; Erika Denise, Louisville Central Community Center Fine Arts Coordinator; Andrea Diggs, Kidsview Founder & Director; Ben Sollee, Kentucky-born Cellist, Singer-Songwriter and Composer; and Jason Clayborn, Louisville-born Grammy Nominated Gospel Singer. In addition, all acts in the finale perform for a sell-out audience and many Louisville talent agents and theatre/film directors.
All proceeds from Louisville’s Got Talent will directly benefit CenterStage’s Acting Out, a touring children’s theatre troupe that travels to schools and community venues, presenting educational musical theatre to students of all ages. Through collaboration with educators, Acting Out integrates the performing arts into the learning process, thus enriching the lives of each audience member and “Opening Minds One Act at a Time”.
Louisville’s Got Talent began five years ago as a bar mitzvah project by Jake Latts whose passion is theatre and music. It was his goal in creating Louisville’s Got Talent to not only provide a performance opportunity for young performers, but also raise money for CenterStage’s Acting Out program so that more children across the Louisville area can benefit from live, educational, musical theatre.
Tickets for the March 25, 2018 Live Final Showcase go on sale Monday, February 12 and are $7 for children 10 and under and $12 for adults. To register an act or purchase tickets go to www.CenterStageJCC.org/talent. Call 502-238-2709 with questions or for more information. Louisville’s Got Talent sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available.
About CenterStage at The J:
For over 100 years, CenterStage has provided quality performance art, theater and cultural arts programming for the Louisville community. CenterStage offers a premier musical theater experience for the whole community, while also providing opportunities for children, adults and seniors to participate directly in all aspects of theatre – acting, singing, dancing, set and costume construction, marketing, education and more. Audiences and cast members are racially, culturally and religiously diverse, representing the community at large. The J is part of the Jewish Community of Louisville. For more information, call (502) 238-2709 or visit www.CenterStageJCC.org.