Lloyd's got talent

By Geoff Lee

September 8, 2016 12:00 AM

Based on the popular American telivision show, America's Got Talent, with Canada's own Howie Mandell (above) local contestants are urged to try out for a talent show at the Vic Juba Community Theatre.

Local competition looking for Border City's most talented

Local entertainers of all sorts are invited to come out of the woodwork as contestants for a televised talent show at Vic Juba Community Theatre.
The theatre ‘s Rising Star show aims to find Lloydminster’s most talented artist, based on the America’s Got Talent TV summer talent show genre open to all ages.
“The bottom line is we want to have fun and brighten the community’s spirit,” said Brandi Hofer, Vic Juba’s marketing coordinator and event committee member.
The search for the next rising star in Lloydminster is a partnership between the theatre and Newcap Broadcasting.
Newcap will broadcast the final show on Feb. 2, 2017 with three, as yet unnamed,  grand prizes up for grabs.
Contestants first must email their video link auditions to: vjstar@vicjubatheatre.ca from Sept. 12,  to the deadline on  Oct. 17.
“We’re looking for any kind of talent; it’s open” said Hofer, who noted the more, the merrier.
“I know we have a lot of talented artists in our community and hopefully they just come out of the woodwork.”
The only caveat is the auditions must be able to be performed live on the Vic Juba Ulmer stage.
Hofer’s advice to those who audition online is to make their video act stand out.
“If your video is that much better, you’re going to shine above the rest and you’re going to present yourself in the best way,” she said.
The organizing committee will whittle down the online submissions to about 20 for the live show auditions at Vic Juba on Nov. 5.
From there, the top eight to 10 performances will be picked for the televised finale in the new year.
There will be one celebrity host and four local judges.
The show will help to raise funds for the theatre while giving local talent a chance to compete in front of an audience.
“It’s just another way to get the community involved—it’s an exciting event,” said Hofer,  who expects it will serve as an economic anti-depressant.
“Some people are down and hopefully, if we can get more events like this, we can cheer everyone up.”

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