Saturday, April 2, 2011

SAF 2011: Talent Search Information!

Open Auditions dates for Great Talent Search set

Minden, La— In an effort to discover the most talented children in our parish, the organizers of the annual Spring Arts Festival have decided to widen their scope of participation. On Saturday, April 9th and Saturday, April 16th from 9am until 12pm school age children from Webster Parish will be offered a chance to showcase their talent. The open auditions for students K-12 will be held at The Children's Center located at 806 Broadway Street in Minden.

The purpose of the auditions will be to find representation from each of the twenty four public and private schools in the parish. Three contestants from each school will be selected to advance to the finals to be held on Saturday, April 30th as part of the 17th annual Spring Arts Festival. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age division of 'The Great Talent' search will win an etched plaque. Their scores will be added to the overall scores from art and poetry entries to determine the coveted title of "Most Talented School and “"Most Talented Student." "In the past, we've had everything from stand up comedy to poetry," states
Julie Vogel. "We're hopeful that children will seize the opportunity to showcase their talent and represent their schools."

There are several schools hosting in-school talent shows in an effort to send their most talented to the festival. Shongaloo, Central and Lakeside schools will send their own representatives to the festival. Any school wishing to host an in-school talent show are encouraged to do so, however the deadline to submit names for the finale scheduled for April 30th is Friday, April 22nd.

All students from Webster Parish are eligible to participate. There is no entry fee but anyone interested in auditioning are encouraged to register. Contestants may also register by phone by calling chairperson, Julie Vogel at 377-0319 or 286-9472. Registration forms will also be available the day of auditions and 'walk in' participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis only. Students will be judged on the basis of their talent and overall presentation by a panel of judges. A sound system will be on hand but each
contestant must bring everything they need to perform. All performances are limited to no more than 4 minutes. For more information about the Spring Arts Festival log on to

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