Grand Cayman’s brightest young stars will be giving it their all on stage on Saturday, 24 August, at the Young Talented Stars contest.
Organised by Nolly Brown Entertainment, children aged 6 to 16 are invited to register for and compete in the island-wide talent contest.
What started out as a general talent contest for all ages in 2010 had to be modified, creating both an adult and a children’s contest, to give Cayman’s youngest talents a chance to shine, explains Noel Smith, the man behind the show.
“Young Talented Stars was formed in memory of my sister’s daughter, who died of cancer,” Smith explains. “Any money left over after we have paid for the rental of the space and other expenses is donated to a child in Cayman with cancer.”
Unlike previous years, when auditions were held in each district, this year the whole contest – both auditions and the finals – take place on one night. The cost of renting community halls in each district to hold auditions has become prohibitive, the organiser explains, and so this year children from all districts will come together in the same place.
Rising stars of the Sister Islands will have their own chance to shine on 21 September when a separate event is held in Cayman Brac.
There are a number of categories, including vocal, instrumental, poetry and dance, and contestants may give solo or group performances.
The show takes place at the school hall at Sir John A Cumber Primary in West Bay and those wishing to take part in the contest are asked to register between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday.
The show will begin at 6.30pm with all entrants performing once.
The judges will then select six contestants to go through to the next stage of the competition. At the end of the night, one talented young performer will be chosen as Cayman’s Talented Young Star.
The contest is free to enter, but there is a $10 per person fee for the audience, which will cover the costs of putting on the contest, with any extra being donated to a child with cancer.
Unlike previous years, when auditions were held in each district, this year the whole contest – both auditions and the finals – take place on one night.