What you may not know is that for the past 8 months the Stampede Talent Search Committee has been hard at work in search of the next star performer! Last year it was Singer/Checklist Lizzy Munson.
Tonight the top 60, which you’ll see over the course of the Calgary Stampede, will be whittled down to crown our 2017 Champion. For 37 years this scenario has played itself out with the rise of brilliant talent: Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Paul Brandt & Annika Odegard to name a few.
As host I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time with these bright stars. For most they put on a brave face, but for some, the moment can be overwhelming: the stage, the lights and the audience. For you, this competition showcases raw talent in the making.
The purpose of the Stampede Talent Search is to discover, develop, encourage and showcase young amateur entertainers. The Stampede Talent Search (formerly known as the Youth Talent Showdown) provides young entertainers with the opportunity to:
Perform at the Stampede and other venues as opportunities arise
Further a possible entertainment career
Win cash prizes!
As a bonus, there is a salute to Juniors. Each evening of the Stampede Talent Search, Junior performers will be showcased. Juniors aged 6-12 are not eligible for cash prizes but are given the opportunity to showcase their talent to a live audience. This is so much fun!
When you come by the Boyce Theatre (North Side of the Grounds), come early (Start time is 6:30) so you can grab a seat, say hi and enjoy the experience. I know I do every night! Yahoo!!!
Here’s a behind the scenes look of the show: https://youtu.be/teEKHJI-n-Q