The Grandview Elementary School talent show was an annual event that had the most amazing array of talent. We had a 12 year old world champion double baton twirler, and a young world class tumbler, who worked with Cirque de Soleil after he graduated. We also had many karate kata performances, dance solos, and one spectacularly cringe worthy recorder performance. We had piano solos, including one seven year old that could play Mozart piano sonatas.
This school had about 350 children, and the entire school attended the performance in the gym.
In our school the talent show was held on one of the last days of school. There was no time limit on it, but if it was longer than 90 minutes the children in the audience would get restless.
Notes were sent home with the children.
The classroom teachers were supposed to do the screening of applications. We had guidelines, and most teachers did a great job. But there were a few that let any child that brought a permission form participate. To limit performances to the more serious and better prepared acts, I’d suggest that you hold auditions after school hours. Then, you can include several teachers of TAs from your school as audition judges. It’s a good idea to hold auditions on Wed. Or Thurs. and post the results list on Friday at the end of the day. You should also send notes home with successful applicants so that they have all the information on date, time of show.
Here is one possible Audition Rubric
Send home the audition list.
At the auditions, if you are able to, make copies of any mp3s that students use, so you’ll have it on the day of the performance.
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