Bradley Initiative for Church and Community’s Starfish talent show is already in the initial planning stages, with auditions right around the corner.
Corinne Freeman, Starfish director, said the local nonprofit received a lot of positive feedback for its first talent show.
The program took place at Bradley Central High School’s Fine Arts Center in April. Contestants ranging in age and talents took the stage to perform for the grand prizes of $500, $250 and $100.
Freeman was pleased to announce the fundraising goal was met for the first year.
A committee has already been formed to tackle planning for the scheduled April 25 talent show. This year’s program will take place at Lee University’s Dixon Center. The goal is to raise $7,500 in profit through the community event.
Freeman encouraged undiscovered talent to fill out an audition application.
“We would like a wide variety of talent so it is not a child-only show or an adult-only show,” Freeman explained. “This is a platform for all different kinds of talent to be showcased.”
A $10 fee is attached to every audition. Those who make it to the talent show will also be charged a $25 competition fee. Applicants will be informed soon after their auditions whether they will be performing in the event or not.
All acts must be family friendly.
“We want to make sure there is nothing of an offensive or vulgar nature,” Freeman explained. “The song selection needs to be appropriate content for ages 10 and under. Basically, no offensive language, but also the content itself needs to be appropriate.”
Freeman said two back-up acts will also be chosen as alternates in case one of the main contestants is unable to make the show.
All applications must be turned in by Oct. 25. Auditions will begin Nov. 2.
Money raised through the talent show goes toward funding Starfish.
“It helps make sure those children in the community have the best foundation that they can for those early childhood years,” Freeman said. “When they start school, they are ready to learn and their parents are ready to support them.”
More than 200 children have been aided through the program since its inception. Currently, their are 63 children and more than 40 families receiving information and guidance. Each family has at least one “needs factor.” Examples include suspected abuse or neglect, multiple children under the age of 5, teen mothers, low-birthweight children or kids with developmental delays.
Starfish teaches parents they are their children’s first teachers. They provide the first foundation for success.
“The primary goal of Starfish is to support parents and give them that information,” Freeman said. “We can help the adult change their mindset so they are better able to build the foundation for their child.”
Applications for the talent show can be found online at bicc-inc.org or at BICC’s offices at 2810 Westside Drive N.W. Suite E.
Questions can be directed to Corinne Freeman at 423-559-1112.