Oddfellows Playhouse is hosting the first Middletown Teen Talent Search on Saturday, January 19. The event is open to local performers ages 12 – 19, and there will be cash prizes of $500 and $250 for the top acts, as well as other exciting prizes. The final round will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, January 19 at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown and will be hosted by Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller.
Anyone ages 12 – 19 from Middletown or surrounding towns is welcome to compete in the Teen Talent Search. The registration deadline is January 17, and there is a $5 per person registration fee. Qualifying rounds will be held between 1 – 5 pm on January 19, and the top twelve acts will compete for cash prizes in a public performance at 7 pm. All performance forms are welcome – music, dance, theater, circus, magic, comedy, etc. Professional sound and lighting will be provided for all performers.
Tickets to the 7 pm Finalist Showcase are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Anyone performing in the qualifying rounds who is not invited to perform in the evening will be given a free ticket to the 7 pm Finalist Showcase. All finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to be used for family and friends.
Nekita Waller, a Middletown resident, is a singer and songwriter who started her 3 year term as State Troubadour in 2018. She will be working with Playhouse Artistic Director Dic Wheeler and a group of teenagers this spring to create an original, ensemble-created theater piece with music for a mainstage production with the Teen repertory Company in May of this year.
Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, founded in 1975, is Connecticut’s oldest and largest theater program for young people. The Playhouse has always been committed to making high-quality performing arts experiences available to all local young people, regardless of ability to pay, believing that access to the arts as a young person helps develop smart, creative and generous adults.
To register for the Talent Search, or for more information, call (860) 347-6143, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.oddfellows.org. You will find the full Talent Search guidelines on the website.