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Register now for local American Idol-type competition
Register now for local American Idol-type competition

Pasco County, FL -- Calling all future stars! The Heritage Arts Center Association is hard at work on plans for their 28th annual talent contest, "Spotlight on Talent". 

The dates have been set, and application forms are now being distributed to each school's music teacher in central and east Pasco County, many dance, vocal and instrumental studios, and at the Chambers of Commerce.

Applications and information are also available on our web site at www.heritagearts.org.

Talented young people need to start “getting their act together” right away: the deadline is Thursday, Feb. 3.

The last few years have been record-breaking for “Spotlight on Talent”. Several hundred students participate each year, with judges evaluating up to 126 different acts. So to allow even more stars their chance to shine on stage the event was expanded to feature TWO final shows.

It will be done again this year if the response in applicants shows that need. The final competition(s) will be on Saturday, March 26, at the Theater at Wesley Chapel High School.

Tickets for adults will be $12 or both shows for $20. For students through high school the fee is $6, both shows for $10 (under 5 is free).

On Saturday, Feb. 19, youngsters will compete in the tryouts for the thrill of becoming a finalist. Participants are judged primarily on talent, and also on stage presence and appropriate appearance.

Over $2000 in cash prizes, trophies and ribbons will be awarded to talented young people through the 12th grade, and a chance to compete onstage with an audience of several hundred!

The competition is conducted in a professional atmosphere with judges from central Florida who are outstanding in their respective fields. Every year, as word of the excitement and quality talent spreads, more and more young people participate, some coming from as far away as Tampa, Brooksville, St. Pete, and West Pasco.

Singers, instrumental musicians, acrobats, piano players, bands, baton twirlers, dancers and other forms of entertainment are welcome to participate.

There are several age categories for solos and one or more group categories, and a student may enter as a solo and with a group.

Community sponsors can help reward these young people for their hard work in developing their talents. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Barbara Friedman at spotlight@heritagearts.org or mornings or evenings at (352)567-1720.

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