STARCAST is looking for Wiltshire’s best young performers.

The free singing, dancing and acting competition is open to those aged six to 19.

Starcast Performing Arts Founder Sam Holloway said: “We are organising it to keep connected to our students and to reach out to any local children or teens to help them to keep motivated with their interests in singing, dancing or acting through this third lockdown. We also would like to support the Arts during this very difficult time for the theatre profession.”

Judging panel

The panel of judges for Wiltshire’s Best Young Singer, Dancer and Actor Competition, is going to be made up of three industry professionals.

The first to be announced is Thomas Sutcliffe, who has had leading roles in West End Hits such as Dirty Dancing, Wicked and Kiss Me Kate.

He has taught students at theatre schools including Italia Conti, Urdang Academy, GSA, ALRA and The London College of Music.

The final three in each category go on to perform in a grand final on Saturday, March 13, which will be held via Zoom if a live event is unable to go ahead due to Covid-19.

Competition categories

The competition has three age categories - five to nine years old, ten to 13 years old, and 14 to 19 years old, as well as five different performance categories - original song, any song (written by a professional artist), dance (your own choreography), original monologue, and any monologue (written by an author).

How to enter

To enter, record a two minute song, dance or monologue and at the start of the video give your name, age, title of the piece and who wrote it.

Entries need to be submitted by March 1 to samhollowway123@btinternet.com or via WeTransfer. Those under the age of 18 will need parental permission to enter.

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