DANVILLE – Talented Danville Area Community College students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to try out for the college’s Got Talent contest that will take place later in November.
Two auditions have been set for 3-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Both auditions will take place in Bremer Theater and are open to DACC students, alumni, faculty and staff.
“They did it several years ago, and now it’s kind of making a comeback,” Jeanne Dunn, liberal arts administrative assistant, said of the contest.
Developmental education instructor Phillip Langley, who also directs the DACC Players theatrical group, said the last time such an event was held on campus was in 2010 or 2011.
“We did it when 'America’s Got Talent' first came out,” he said.
DACC’s theater department is in charge of this year’s event, with the DACC’s Got Talent Show on Nov. 22 taking the place of the DACC Players’ fall production.
“We didn’t have a fall play, so we wanted to do something that engaged the arts and the community,” Langley said. “We wanted to do something to showcase student talent.”
Dunn agreed. “It is geared to be a community event to show off what DACC can do,” she said. “There’s so much hidden talent on this campus, and we hope to draw that out.
“We’d love to see a lot of alumni participate,” she added.
Auditions will take place in front of a live four-person selection panel consisting of Dunn, Langley, behavioral sciences instructor Jon Wade and rhetoric instructor Marla Jarmer.
“The auditions will be conducted on a walk-in basis,” Dunn said. “They don’t have to make an appointment.”
Acts should be five minutes or less, and performers must bring their own accompaniment.
“We won’t have piano accompaniment, so they need to bring an accompaniment,” Dunn said. “They can bring tracks or YouTube.”
Langley said he hopes to see a variety of talent represented.
“We hope to showcase singers, dancers, and anyone who plays an instrument or piano, as well as extraordinary talent, such as tumbling, acrobatics and magic,” he said.
The selected acts will go on to perform at the DACC’s Got Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Bremer Theater.
“A panel of alumni will be the final judges,” Dunn said.
Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.
“They’re not going to be nominal,” Langley said of the prizes. “These will be cash prizes of $50 and above.”
The DACC’s Got Talent Show on Nov. 22 will be free and open to the community.
“We’re looking to have fun and let students know they have a forum to showcase their talents and express themselves,” Langley said.