Call FOR AUDITIONS
Simply Talented is an event that showcases the talents of young performers in music, dance and drama. The event is open to teens (or sixth grade to twelve grade contestants) in all of Larimer County. It is a talent contest and talent show, and it provides an opportunity for young people to pursue their dreams.
The Simply Talented Contest targets teens to further encourage and promote a show focused on talent, participation is limited to the upper grades, hence Simply Talented is for performers between the age of 11 and 19 (if not yet graduated from high school). While there are occasionally very young children who demonstrate exceptional musical or vocal ability, as a rule, talents mature over time. Therefore, the Simply Talented contest should include only grades six through twelve. We believe that this decision will not only encourage the expression of talent from all of the categories listed above, but will also give younger children something to anticipate as they progress with their individual talents.
Contestants are only allowed one entry in one category per season.
The performing arts categories that contestants have to choose from include the following:
Vocal (solo, duet, ensemble)
Instrumental (solo, duet, ensemble)
Theater/Drama (dramatic or poetry reading, monologue, comedy routine)
Dance (tap, jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop)
NOTE: The categories listed above are the expected categories of each program but are dependent on the number of performers that register for the contest.
Simply Talented reserves the right to add, delete or change categories depending on registration results. Four or more performers or contestants are required to make a valid category, since the prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. If less than four performers are entered in any one category, Simply Talented holds the right to cancel that category.
Simply Talented Call for Auditions- TEAM Wellness & Prevention will have an open call for auditions starting Tuesday September 3, 2018. Contestants wanting to audition for Simply Talented must register their act on TEAM Wellness & Prevention website at www.teamwandp.org/simply-talented. The Call for Auditions will close on Friday October 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM MDT. Contestants will be contacted the week of October 15, 2018 and informed of their Simply Talented-Round One audition time and location.
Entry Fee- Contestants intending to audition for the Simply Talented Contest must pay a $5.00 registration fee at the time of registry. The registration fee shall be made on line via the www.teamwandp.org /simply-talented web page. Contestants experiencing an economic hardship may request a waiver of the entry fee by submitting a written request to the Simply Talented committee using the contact form on the website. All fee waiver decisions are final.
Simply Talented-Round One auditions will be held the week of October 22, 2018. Simply Talented Round One will be judged by a panel of 4 judges/mentors. Auditions may occur on multiple days based on the number of registered contestants. Simply Talented-Round One auditions will be streamed via Facebook Live. The top 25 contestants will proceed to the second round of auditions. Those moving forward will be announced on Friday October 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM and will be streamed live via Facebook Live.
Simply Talented-Round Two auditions will be held on December 3 and 4, 2018. Contestants must perform a new performance, different from their Round One Simply Talented Round Two will be judged by the same panel of 4 judges/mentors. Simply Talented Round Two auditions will be held in front of a small live audience and streamed via Facebook Live. The top 10 contestants will be chosen to perform in the Simply Talented Finale on February 22, 2018. The top 10 contestants will receive audition time and mentoring from the judges/mentors panel in January and February, leading to Simply Talented.
Simply Talented- The Finale will be held at the Hilton Fort Collins on Friday, February 22, 2019. The Finale competition will be held in conjunction with the Simply Talented Gala, a fundraising event for TEAM Wellness & Prevention. The top ten contestants will perform a new performance, different than their performance in Round One and Round Two, in front of a live audience of over 400 people. The audience will conduct a live vote to award the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The purpose of prizes is to reward the talented young performers for their efforts, to encourage them to pursue their dreams and to help them further their study of the arts.
The award schedule is as follows:
$1,000 cash and local performance opportunities