Hitting all the right notes — together

It’s a Monday evening at the Dade City Woman’s Club and vocal coach Alison Graham sits at a small round table, near a bank of windows. Girls are sitting around her on the floor, listening as Graham reads through judges’ comments from their most recent competition. It’s a routine the girls know well. The singers, who are members of Graham Music Studios, are accustomed to performing, and … [Read more...]

‘Spotlight on Talent’ announces winners

“Spotlight on Talent,” a regional performing arts competition in its 35th year, has announced winners from its March 10 competition at the Center for the Arts in Wesley Chapel. The competition, presented by the Heritage Arts Center Association, involved 140 finalists, competing for more than $5,000 in trophies, ribbons and cash prizes. Victoria Neukom was the winner of the $1,000 Pasco … [Read more...]

Regional talent show lets area youths take center stage

The 35th annual “Spotlight on Talent” will showcase a multitude of talents by area contestants. Two shows will give students a chance to shine, and offer the audience the opportunity to be entertained by accomplished young singers, dancers and musicians. More than 170 students, making up 90 acts, auditioned during a 12-hour day for the producers — for the opportunity to be named a finalist. … [Read more...]

Talented youths get time to shine

Jessica Twitmyer received the top scores to win a $1,000 Pasco Heritage Scholarship, during the 34th “Spotlight on Talent” on March 11 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School. Because of its popularity, the talent contest is divided into two shows, said Barbara Friedman, the executive producer for the competition, which is put on by the nonprofit Heritage Arts Center … [Read more...]

Area talent show gives youth a time to shine

Long before “America’s Got Talent” began attracting the nation’s attention, a local talent show began offering youths a chance to take center stage. And, efforts are now gearing up for this year’s 34th annual “Spotlight on Talent” competition. Winners of this talent show won’t walk away with a million-dollar prize or a show in Las Vegas, but they won’t walk away empty-handed, … [Read more...]

Performers shine, overcome challenges at ‘Spotlight On Talent’

After hours of practice and auditioning before a panel of experts, a select number of singers, dancers and musicians were chosen to perform at the Heritage Arts Center Association’s “Spotlight On Talent” event, now in its 31st year. Getting there was the hard part. The event itself, held in two separate performances on March 29 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School, should … [Read more...]

Finalists announced for ‘Spotlight on Talent’ competition

The preliminary competition for the 31st annual "Spotlight on Talent" is complete, with 100 acts and a total of 200 students competing during the 14-hour audition process. The annual event, hosted by the Heritage Arts Center Association in Dade City, has expanded to two final shows because of the huge increase in applicants and what organizers describe as a jump in the quality of talent. In … [Read more...]

Deadline approaching fast for this year’s Spotlight on Talent

Hundreds of participants will soon be evaluated by industry professionals for a chance to win cash and prizes. If it sounds like one of those famous televised talent searches, it’s not. It’s actually been around a lot longer. Heritage Arts Center Association will host its 31st annual Spotlight on Talent on March 29 at Wesley Chapel High School. The auditions to see who will make the … [Read more...]