By Beverly Perkins
It’s that time of year again when the City of Aventura is searching for local talent for their annual STAR competition. Dancers, singers, actors, magicians, gymnasts, and comedians of all ages are welcome to audition. All contestants must be Aventura residents.
Categories include Junior STAR (ages 5-8), Rising STAR (ages 9-12), Teen STAR (ages 13-17), Shooting STAR (ages 18-54), and Shining STAR (ages 55+). Individuals and groups may apply. However, groups are limited to no more than five contestants.
Open auditions will be held four times this month at the Community Recreation Center located at 3375 NE 188th Street, Aventura. Auditions are scheduled on the following dates and times:
Performances are limited to three minutes, and participants needing music must provide their own CD, and have a backup on hand. The finals will be live and lip-syncing is not permitted. Participants are only allowed to perform in one act.
Aventura STAR is based on an overall performance. Contestants will be judged on quality of performance by stage presence, talent, and audience response. All decisions made by judges are final.
There will be a winner announced in each Aventura STAR category. First place winners will receive a $65 Aventura Mall gift card and second place winners will receive a $35 Aventura Mall gift card.
The Aventura STAR finals will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the City’s 22nd Annual Founders Day celebration. The signature event will have festivities for the entire family.
Live entertainment, featuring the Aventura STAR talent competition winner, will take the stage. Circus acts such as stilt walkers and jugglers will be interacting and entertaining the crowd. Food trucks will be onsite with a large selection of delicious options. Dining tents will have large HDTVs to catch Sunday’s football games, plus many other surprises will fill the afternoon.
An Aventura STAR application is required for each contestant including each member of a group entry. The application is available online at cityofaventura.com. Proof of residency is also required for each contestant.
Just as a well-known television series welcomes those to Hollywood, we say, “Welcome to Aventura!”
For more information, visit cityofaventura.com or contact the Community Recreation Center at 305-466-3883.