The 39th “Spotlight on Talent Competition” will be held — the only question is how organizers will stage the contest.
The talent competition— presented by the Heritage Arts Center — has long been a showcase for aspiring singers, dancers and other performers to demonstrate their abilities. At the same time, they are competing against others and entertaining audiences.
Organizers realize that because of the pandemic, many may be wondering if the talent contest will happen this year.
“We want talented students and families to know that producers are committed to see that happen,” Barbara Friedman, publicity chair and producer for Heritage Arts, said in a news release.
Participants from kindergarten through 12th grade vie for over $4,000 in trophies, ribbons and cash prizes, according to the Heritage Arts news release.
All types and styles of performing talents are accepted, both as solos and in groups.
Panels of paid, professional judges select finalists/winners in several age categories and also choose the winner of the $1,000 scholarship that goes to a senior high school student in Pasco County.
In addition to a chance for prizes, performers have the opportunity to show off their abilities and to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes from performing well under the pressure of a competition.
A decision will be made on Jan. 1 on whether the events will be held, as usual, before audiences on Feb. 19 and March 12, or if a Plan B COVID event will take place during a single day of competition on March 12, with safety protocols in place and no audience.
Deadline for entering is Thurs., Feb. 3, 2022. Applications available online at heritagearts.org.
Those with questions can contact Friedman at , or call 352-567-1720, and more information at heritagearts.org .
Organizers also are seeking community sponsors to support the competition.
Published December 29, 2021
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