The South Towns Talent Show sign-ups end Friday, April 12. The talent show will be June 1.
The show brings together some of the best singers, dancers and instrumentalists in the southern end of the valley. Some of the acts are well known, and some are sleepers, but all have a chance to compete in the contest and see how good they are.
Nibley Parks and Recreation Director Chad Wright said people interested in South Towns Talent Show can sign up online, or in person, at Nibley City Hall. He said most, if not all, of the cities at the south end of the valley have it on their websites, or interested parties can register at nibleycity.com.
The talent search area encompasses cities that feed Ridgeline and Mountain Crest High schools, namely: Nibley, River Heights, Millville, Hyrum, Paradise/Avon, Wellsville, Mendon, College Ward and Young Ward.
Caine Center for the Arts supplies the judges who will assess the performances. The judges pick the top 12, and those 12 will entertain folks at the talent show.
Nibley City alternates the contest every year. This year it is The South Towns Talent Show, next year in 2020 it will the Nibley City Talent Show. There are two divisions in this year’s competition: a youth division, for ages 14 to 17, and an adult division, 18 and up.
Nibley City kicks in $100 for first place in each division. Second place will get $50, and third gets $25.
“One of the objectives is to build local talent” Wright said.
Auditions will be held April 26 and 27 and it is open only to family members of contestants. The talent show, however, is open to the public.
Area businesses have been great to support the contest, said Wright, with gift certificates and even a scholarship to Paul Mitchell Beauty College and Bridgerland Technical College.
The last winner of the last South Towns Talent Show was Dale Major, of Cowboy Rendezvous fame.
“The reason I entered was, I knew from the Cowboy Rendezvous that if you want to make sure things like this keep going, you have to have participation,” he said. “When I entered, there were only six entries and I worried there wouldn’t be enough people enter, so I entered, then they extended the deadline and they had 32 entries.”
Major won some money from the city and gift certificates, even a scholarship to Paul Mitchell Beauty School.
“I found someone who wanted to go to beauty school, so I gave that one away,” he said. “They are some really nice people to work with.”
The contest included the option of talent coaches, to help contestants do their best. Major chose Jan Benson.
“Jan was great to work with and helped a lot,” he said. “The event was good exposure and I got other opportunities to perform after the talent show.”
“I wasn’t the best singer, I did an original singalong called Good Fences,” Major said. “It’s a good song and the audience got involved.”
Allison Cook, a Mountain Crest High School student at the time, played the flute and finished in second place. Cook is looking forward to this year’s competition.
“It was the best experience of my life,” Cook said. “It was really fun and seeing everyone else’s talents and being a part of it was unbelievable.”