Spotlight on new stars
Spotlight Entertainer’s Festival has been helping to groom the next crop of young, local talent for the past 42 years – while also nurturing the ‘mature and motivated’. Former festival performer Jai Bofinger is just one of the many success stories recently starring as Michael in the acclaimed Disney production of Mary Poppins after winning his section of the entertainer’s festival last year. Convenor Chris Harris says performing at the festival gave Jai the confidence to audition for the blockbuster musical – with great success. Harris, who has been a member of the theatre company since 1967, says the festival is a platform for performers to go on to bigger and better things. ‘‘We had about six or seven girls in the production of Annie this year which is just fantastic,’’ she says. ‘‘And when I watch shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Australia’s Got Talent, I always see lots of our Spotlight kids who have performed in the festival many times. It’s great to see them go on and achieve success, and I think the festival definitely helps develop their talent and confidence performing in front of an audience. It just goes to show the calibre of talent to be seen at these festivals to have so many people go on to have professional careers.’’ There are 941 entries this year in more than 50 sections including entertain in any way, characterisation of song from a stage musical, solo vocal, song and dance, groups, trios, dramatic presentations, instrumental performances and much more from every age group ranging from three years old to 90 years old. Everyone is welcome to be a part of the audience.
Spotlight Entertainers Festival plays Nerang Bicentennial Hall from 4pm today until April 28, with a Variety Concert on April 29. Visit spotlighttheatre.com.au for the schedule. Tickets are $5 to $7 per session or $27 season pass.