Hastings Talent Show: Last week for entries!

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IF you feel that talent shows don’t offer you the break you deserve, don’t allow you to display your talents in the best kind of setting and aren’t supportive of your ambitions, think again.

Think about performing on a huge, professional stage. Imagine being supported by professional sound and lighting. Think about a panel of distinguished judges commenting on your act. Look forward to your photo in the newspaper if you make it to the final. And if you win, imagine receiving help, professional tuition and guidance to make your performance even better.

On Saturday, July 2, auditions for Hastings Talent Show will take place at the White Rock Theatre. Organised by the Observer, those lucky enough to make it to the final on July 23 can look forward to a memorable evening - and if they’re lucky enough to win, a range of fabulous prizes.

For just £15, a single performer can be auditioned for the show - with group auditions costing £30. Only 24 acts will make it through to the Gala Final - but even those who don’t get beyond the auditions will enjoy an experience designed to enhance their performing careers in the future.

All acts who audition will have the benefit of commentary and input from a distinguished and highly experienced panel of judges whose showbiz backgrounds are impressive. Performing on the White Rock stage, finalists can look forward to support, encouragement and advice as they prepare for the Gala Final itself - which will take place at the White Rock in front of an audience of up to 900.

But what of the prizes? Overall winners will pick up a glittering, engraved commemorative trophy. They’ll receive a generous cheque. They’ll also enjoy a four-hour recording session at Appleyard Studios. In addition, they will be invited to consume their own height in pizza (sponsored by Dominos Pizza). Lastly, they will receive a prize that could put their career on exactly the right road... a one year scholarship to study at the Theatre Workshop, worth up to £1,000.

The Theatre Workshop has been established throughout the county for 10 years, and has an incredible array of success stories relating to the number of students who have appeared professionally on TV, in film and theatre.

Its patrons include Christopher Biggins and West End choreographer Stephen Mear, who regularly show their support.

Director Lora Munro said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for a new found talent.” Complimenting the recording prize from Appleyard Studios, no talented performer could ask for more.

• Entries for the Hastings Talent Show must be received no later than June 30.

• Please see the entry forms in the Observer newspapers or download from www.sussexnewspapereventseast.com.

This is the talent show of the summer. There’s nothing else to compare.