Young Talent Big Dreams extends virtual auditions

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The county’s largest youth talent competition invites kids 8-17 to submit video auditions that showcase their expertise in music, dance, voice, spoken word and original composition.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, together with presenting sponsor The Children’s Trust, are extending their virtual auditions for the 10th anniversary season of Young Talent Big Dreams – the most widespread, local FREE youth talent competition in Miami-Dade County. While staying safe at home and practicing social distancing, kids between the ages of 8-17 are invited to submit preliminary round audition videos that showcase their talents.

Prizes range from performing arts scholarships, cash awards and performance opportunities, plus tickets to local cultural attractions and theaters. The grand prize winner will receive a free trip – airfare, hotel and passes for two – to attend the live Teen Choice Awards, courtesy of WSVN 7News, along with $500 in cash.


The countywide competition, which began on January 26, had just wrapped up its second round of live auditions when the pandemic hit South Florida. With the competition now online, the final deadline to submit preliminary round audition videos is August 3, 2020.

Participants may compete in one individual and one group category only. The competition will conclude with semifinals on August 29 and 30, and finals on September 13. Those interested in registering for the new online competition should go to StayHome.Miami, The Children’s Trust’s new website with activities, resources and other fun features, for more information.

The talent competition features a total of six individual categories including pop/rock/rap vocals, musical theatre/jazz standards/classical vocals, dance, musical instrument, original spoken word, and original vocal and/or instrumental composition. Categories for groups of six or fewer members include dance, musical instrument/bands and vocal groups. Contestants must follow all current government guidelines and restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic when preparing any audition materials for submission. Groups are encouraged to collaborate online to create their audition videos. Participation in the competition is free of charge and limited to residents of Miami-Dade County.

Each act will be allotted up to one minute during their preliminary round audition video performance and two minutes for the semifinal and final-round performance. There will be a maximum of nine winners and one grand prize winner chosen during the finals.

Young Talent Big Dreams is modeled after reality TV talent shows that offer similar opportunities to contestants through a series of auditions, performances and professional mentoring. Judges include a host of local celebrities and professionals from Miami’s performing arts community.

Past winners of the competition include Joana Martinez who just achieved a Top 10 placement as part of “Team Gwen (Stefani)” on Season 17 of NBC’s “The Voice,” Angelina Green who went on to earn the coveted golden buzzer from judge Heidi Klum on Season 12 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and Gino Cosculluela who most recently brought home the third place title on Season 16 of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Participation in Young Talent Big Dreams requires parental consent. Performers must preregister online to receive instructions on how to upload their preliminary round audition videos. For detailed information including competition rules and registration forms, visit StayHome.Miami.

About Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
Founded by Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, and under the leadership of Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein and Artistic Director David Arisco, Actors’ Playhouse is an award-winning nonprofit regional professional theatre company celebrating 32 years of artistic excellence. Located in the historic Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables, Actors’ Playhouse is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 13 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. The company produces five Mainstage and four professional Children’s Theatre productions annually, a year-round Theatre Conservatory and Summer Camp Program, educational arts outreach programs, and the Young Talent Big Dreams countywide youth talent contest in partnership with The Children’s Trust. To learn more about Actors’ Playhouse, visit www.ActorsPlayhouse.org.

About The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. To learn more about The Children’s Trust, visit www.TheChildrensTrust.org.

About StayHome.Miami
Created by The Children’s Trust, StayHome.Miami is a website with free activities, resources and other digital tools to help parents, caregivers and children in Miami-Dade flourish at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at StayHome.Miami.


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