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