Au­di­tions open for tal­ent quest

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KRIS BOULT

A tal­ent quest to find Taranaki’s undis­cov­ered stars has al­ready un­earthed an 82-year-old singer and a group of 80-year-old line dancers.

They were just some of the 50 per­form­ers of all ages and back­grounds who auditioned for the Taranaki Tal­ent Quest in New Ply­mouth re­cently.

‘‘We’ve had such a di­verse range of peo­ple who have auditioned for the tal­ent quest so far,’’ co-or­gan­iser Monique Matthews said.

‘‘There’s def­i­nitely some hid­den tal­ent here in Taranaki.’’

In con­trast to the oc­to­ge­nar­i­ans, the youngest com­peti­tor who at­tended the New Ply­mouth au­di­tions was a nine-yearold dancer.

Matthews said the New Ply­mouth au­di­tions had seen vast a range of singers and gui­tarists turn out as well.

‘‘So far we have been re­ally im­pressed with the high level of those who have en­tered.’’

This is the first year the tal­ent quest has taken place and other au­di­tions were held in Waitara and Strat­ford.

‘‘There hasn’t been any­thing like this in Taranaki for a long time,’’ Matthews said. ’’It’s also a chance to bring some more per­form­ing arts to the re­gion.’’

Matthews and fel­low or­gan­iser Antony Com­merer-Rolston wanted peo­ple who usu­ally didn’t get much ex­po­sure to come out and show off their tal­ents to the four judges.

‘‘We wanted to give a stage to those who don’t usu­ally have one.’’ Matthews said.

Around 10 to 14 per­form­ers will go through to the fi­nals which be­gin on Oc­to­ber 7 at the New Ply­mouth Club and nar­row­ing down the field will be a dif­fi­cult task for the judges.

‘‘We’re not look­ing for­ward to mak­ing the de­ci­sion on who will go through to the fi­nals,’’ Matthews said.

Prizes will be given to those who fin­ish first, sec­ond and third as well as a prize for best all­round per­former.

Tick­ets for the fi­nals are avail­able on https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/ d/new-zealand--new-ply­mouth/ events/ or at the New Ply­mouth Club re­cep­tion.

ANDY JACK­SON/ STUFF

Taranaki Tal­ent Quest au­di­tions were held across the re­gion in Septem­ber. The tal­ent quest is or­gan­ised by Antony Com­mer­erRol­ston and Monique Matthews.

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