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Do you have a special talent? Share it with all of Sumter during new showcase for Inspire! Festival

BY KAYLA GREEN
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 1/24/20

Now is your time to shine.

If you have a talent that will wow friends, family and strangers alike, you should apply to be a part of Sumter's first-ever Sumter's Got Talent showcase. The deadline to apply to participate is Friday, Feb. 14, with …

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Do you have a special talent? Share it with all of Sumter during new showcase for Inspire! Festival

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Now is your time to shine.

If you have a talent that will wow friends, family and strangers alike, you should apply to be a part of Sumter's first-ever Sumter's Got Talent showcase. The deadline to apply to participate is Friday, Feb. 14, with live auditions taking place on Sunday, Feb. 16, and the open-to-the-public final showcase on Thursday, April 2, at Patriot Hall.

The showcase is part of the second-annual Inspire! Festival, a series of events and shows dedicated to honoring the legacy of the late Roger Ackerman. Ackerman was a lifelong supporter and funder of the arts in Sumter, and his wife, Deane Ackerman, is a well-known artist in the community.

Ackerman devoted the last years of his life to preserving Temple Sinai and establishing the synagogue's Jewish History Center, which opened in June 2018.

Proceeds from Inspire! benefit the center and the Sumter County Museum, which maintains the center, as well as the Sumter County Gallery of Art, the Sumter Little Theatre and The Rotary CART Fund, a national campaign Ackerman helped found that has donated millions to Alzheimer's research. Between March 26 and April 5, there will be a range of events to attend, from live music to an art show to plays to educational cultural discussions to a fine dining event on Main Street.

Last year, Inspire! raised $24,000 for the beneficiaries, and organizers are adding more events this year to expand its reach and impact.

Participation in Sumter's Got Talent is free, but the showcase will be a ticketed event, according to Andrea Freed, owner of Freed School of Performing Arts and the one who came up with the idea for the showcase.

"We want any kind of talent. Anything. We've got the dance thing down," Freed said of her and Sumter's three other main dance schools. "This is not a dance recital. We want it to be like a variety show."

That's not to say dance numbers cannot be performed in the showcase, but Ackerman loved all kinds of arts, music and drama, Inspire! committee member Johnny Hilton said.

So, bring your best magic show, your monologue, your feat of amazing daring.

Potential participants must audition on the audition date or submit a video, CD or media format presenting your talent on or before the audition date. Entrants are allowed to audition in up to two acts or groups.

The following rules must be adhered to for consideration:

- All acts must indicate on their application whether they will need specific performance equipment. If the auditorium is not equipped to meet the demands of your special request, you must make provisions for your act.

- All acts are responsible for providing their own instruments for the audition and showcase (if necessary). A piano will be available.

- A sound system with CD capability will be provided for acts with recorded media. Acceptable forms of recorded media are CD, thumb drive or email. Emailed media must be received prior to the date of the audition. Cellphones will not be allowed to produce music for the audition or showcase.

- Solo acts and duets should be no longer than two minutes and 30 seconds. Acts exceeding the allotted time frame during the audition will be disqualified.

- Small group performances consisting of a maximum of six people are limited to a total of four minutes.

- Large group or ensemble performances consisting of seven or more people are limited to a total of six minutes.

Following are some important reminders as you plan your audition:

- Live auditions will be hosted on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a talent sign-in sheet at the auditorium on the day of the audition.

- Sumter's Got Talent is not a competition; however, you must audition to be a part of the showcase.

- If you have logistics questions pertaining to your act or group, call the Inspire! talent chairwoman at (803) 773-2847 and ask for Andrea, or call (803) 774-4005 and ask for Caroline.

- Sumter's Got Talent is a family friendly show. Any music, literature or gestures deemed inappropriate by the committee will result in disqualification of the act.

To download the application, go to https://www.sumterinspirefestival.org/events.