2019 Teen Talent Search finalists. Photo by Kate Pulino.
Oddfellows Playhouse is hosting the second annual Middletown Teen Talent Search on Saturday, January 25. The event is open to local performers ages 12 – 19, and there will be cash prizes of $300 - $100 for the top five acts. The final round will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, January 25 at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, is open to the public, 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 23, and there is a $5 per person registration fee. Qualifying rounds will be held between 1 – 5 pm on January 25, 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 returning to host the Talent Search for the second year, and will entertain the audience after the final act while the judges convene to make their decisions.
Snow date for the event is Sunday, January 26.
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 , or go to . You will find the full Talent Search guidelines on the website.
Photo by Rhoze Faraci.