Auditions open for 6 to 16 talent

Cayman has got talent in abundance, and it’s time to prove it.

During February a series of auditions will take place in various island locales to uncover the best Young Talented Stars, says promoter Nolly Brown.

“It’s for kids aged 6 to 16 and we ask the schools to help prep the kids; art, drama, anything they are particularly good at doing, they can come forward and do it on the day of the audition in their district.

“When we did Cayman’s Got Talent in 2010 we had singers, we had dancers, kids came out doing acrobatics, we had a few poets – it’s not restricted. Once they have a talent and want to come out and show it, it’s up to them,” says Nolly.

A percentage of the money from Young Talented Stars will be donated to a child with cancer. As Nolly explains, the events were inspired by young Martika Tifanni Rankine, who passed away at age 11 from leukemia in 2001.

Lots of talent

Indeed, Cayman’s Got Talent proved that there was a large amount of gifted people on-island and presented a chance for people to experience at first-hand the skills of the creative community.

“We do have a lot of talent and kids didn’t have an opportunity which is why we do this. It gives them an opportunity, keeps them off the streets and gives them something to look forward to, that sort of thing.”

There are five weeks of auditions, beginning at East End Community Centre on Saturday, 5 February. Registration is from 10am to 1pm and the audition starts at 6pm.

North Side Community Centre follows on Saturday, 12 February.

Bodden Town and Newlands at Bodden Town Community Centre on Saturday, 19 February.

George Town’s youngsters get their chance on Saturday, 26 February at John Gray High School.

Saturday, 5 March John A Cumber school is the venue for West Bay’s hopefuls.

Admission in all cases is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

Following the five Grand Cayman auditions, there will be a grand finale, explains Nolly. There will also be a finale at Aston Rutty Centre, Cayman Brac on Saturday, 23 April.

Shows such as this can act as a springboard, continues the promoter, and there are exciting plans afoot both in Cayman and further afield.

“We’re looking at putting our winners into other festivals to add them to the bill, such as seeing if we can get one of our Cayman’s Got Talent winner to Vegas. We’re looking to agencies to see if they can help us get our winners over there to perform.”