Cayman’s got Talent aims to help diabetics in need

For those who enjoy performing on
stage, while helping a good cause, Cayman’s got Talent may be just what you’re
looking for.

The new talent show, organised by
Nolly Brown Entertainment in association with the Cayman Islands Diabetes
Association, will host a series of preliminary rounds in September with the
final set for mid-October. Anyone age 9 or older is eligible to enter.

Contestants can sing, dance, do a
skit or perform any type of performing art.

Event organiser Noel Smith
explained that the idea of setting up the talent show with four heats followed
by a pre-final and a final came to him after his recent experiences with
type-two diabetes.

The theme of the first annual
Cayman’s got Talent is Diabetics for People in Need, and the events will raise
money to set up a fund to help diabetics buy vital medical supplies like
insulin pumps, glucose meters and testing strips.

“Insurance coverage for diabetics
here isn’t as easy to get as it should be, and so a lot of sufferers have to
skimp on essential supplies because they can’t afford them,” Mr. Smith said.

Sylvia Perry, president of the CI
Diabetes Association, said that her organisation would administer the fund. “We
are a nonprofit organisation which was formed 33 years ago and are members of
the International Diabetes Federation.”

The first of the preliminary rounds
of Cayman’s got Talent will be for Sister Islands’ contestants and will be
staged in the Aston Rutty Centre on Cayman Brac, on 4 September. The remaining
heats will be staged for North Side and East End on 11 September at the North
Side Civic Centre; Bodden Town/Breakers on 18 September, at venue to be announced
shortly; and the George Town and West Bay heats will take place on 25 and 26
September, respectively, in George Hicks Middle School’s main hall.

The pre-final, on 9 October, will
be staged at the Harquail Theatre, and the final will be held at the Lions
Centre on 16 October. All the shows will start at 6pm.

“We’re hoping that the public will
really warm to this show and support it by attending the district heats before
buying tickets for the pre-final and the final,” said Mr. Smith.

The winner of Cayman’s Got Talent
will receive a cash prize of several thousand dollars, said the organiser, who
added that the exact amount would be announced later.

Participants may register on the
day of each event at the scheduled venue between 9am and 4pm, or they can
pre-register online at www.nollybrown.com. Contestants will be charged $5 to
register; groups of more than five performers will be charged a $25
registration fee.

Contestants will need to supply
their own backing tapes and instruments.

The judges will include the creative
director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Henry Muttoo; Kirk Rowe of
KRI Performing Arts School; and Isadora Ferrao of Bona Fide.

Tickets for Cayman’s Got Talent are
$20 (Adults) and $10 (Children 10 and younger) and are available from Funky
Tangs, Wellie’s Cool Spot and BJ’s Electronics.

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Cayman’s got Talent is a new talent show which will be staged by Nolly Brown Entertainment in partnership with the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association as a fundraiser for local diabetics in need starting in September.
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