Coral Gables’ Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is bringing back “Young Talent Big Dreams,” the county’s most widespread free youth talent competition, and will soon start holding auditions.
In partnership with the Children’s Trust, kids ages 8 to 17 are invited to showcase their talents and compete for prizes including cash awards and opportunities for performing arts scholarships.
Preliminary auditions will be March 18 through April 23 at four local theaters: the Miracle Theatre, the Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center, Miami Arts Studio, and Sandrell Rivers Theater.
The talent competition will feature six individual categories including pop, rock, rap vocals, musical theater, jazz standards, classical vocals, dance, musical instrument, original spoken word and original vocal or instrumental composition. There will be a maximum of nine winners and one grand prize winner chosen during the finals.
“Miami is home to so much emerging talent and every year we welcome these performers to our theatre for the annual Young Talent Big Dreams competition,” said Barbara S. Stein, the executive producing director for the Actors’ Playhouse. “Over the past 13 years, with the support of our partners at The Children’s Trust, we have been able to watch many of our competitors move on to have successful careers in the arts and look forward to the continued growth of this program.”
Past winners of the competition include Zachary Roy, who reached the semifinals on season 15 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and recently played the role of Young Emilio in Actors’ Playhouse’s production of “On Your Feet!,” and Joana Martinez who achieved a top 10 placement as part of “Team Gwen (Stefani)” on season 17 of NBC’s The Voice.
“This competition is always one of the highlights of our year. The entire experience, from watching the auditions to the final performances on stage, brings me joy. I love to watch how they grow as the competition progresses,” said James R. Haj, Children’s Trust president and CEO. “It is also a formative experience for the entire family because they’re also learning how to support and nurture talent at home, and it’s rewarding to see them celebrating together.”