Auditions planned for library contest


Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:49 p.m.

The Library Partnership Idol Competition has been replaced with the Got Talent! contest to reflect plans to expand the talent search to include singing, rap, dancing, instrument playing, storytelling and poetry.

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GOT TALENT! CONTEST

What: Auditions for the Library Partnership Got Talent! contest for dancers, singers, musicians and poets.
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27.
Where: Saturday, Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave; April 27, Cone Park Branch Library, 2841 E. University Ave.
Information: Call Library Partnership at 352-334-0164 or Cone Park library at 352-334-0720.

So if you are a middle or high school student with a dream to be a star, then why not take a chance and audition.

Auditions will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave. and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27 at the Cone Park Branch Library at 2841 E. University Ave.

To schedule an audition, call Library Partnership at 352-334-0164 or Cone Park library at 352-334-0720. Would-be contestants also can just show up with a parent to sign permission forms.

Anita Jenkins, Library Partnership manager, said the Got Talent! competition also will include an orientation before the start of auditions.

“It’s important to attend the orientation,” said Jenkins, adding that the discussion will include what is expected from the contestants, criteria for selection, what to wear and other information.

The top three contestants will advance to the Library Partnership Got Talent! competition, which will be held during the annual Juneteenth Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 15 at the Eastside Recreation Center at 2841 E. University Ave. All three contestants will receive a trophy and also Best Buy gift cards: $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Nate Courtney, senior library specialist at Cone Park, said the new contest, which replaces the Idol competition held during the past two years, is being modeled after “America’s Got Talent,” the hit NBC TV show.

“We wanted to expand the pool of talent to rap, singing, storytelling, dancing, poetry and playing instruments,” said Courtney, adding that the instruments can be non-traditional, such as a washboard or garbage can lids.

“We really have a lot of talent in this community,” said Carressa Hutchinson, manager of the Resource Center at Library Partnership. “We want the children to be proud of their talent and to showcase their talent and to have fun doing it.”

Courtney said the competition also will serve to bring awareness to the programs available at the library.

“The library is not just about books. We’re part of the community,” Courtney said. “I hope they audition, perform and share their talent and have a good time.”

Jenkins said performing in front of an audience builds confidence.

“Some kids have the talent, but are afraid to display their talent,” said Jenkins, adding that anyone can get stage fright, but the more you perform, the better you get, and the easier it becomes.

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