Apple Blossom’s Got Talent! audition dates, rules announced

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Office has announced auditions for Apple Blossom’s Got Talent! show will be Feb. 13, March 13 and April 3 at the Bright Box Theatre, 15 N. Loudoun St. Judges will allow up to 30 contestants to audition on each of the three audition nights and will choose 10 each night to continue to the semi-finals.

Potential contestants will be required to provide organizers with a DVD or a video link of their talent to assist with the screening process before each audition. There is a $10 non-refundable fee to apply. Each contestant will be given two minutes to perform.

Restrictions are listed in the official rules, but in general judges will consider many types of talent, not only singing. On April 17, the 30 contestants chosen by the judges at the preliminary auditions will perform again at the Bright Box Theatre for the semi-finals, and judges will choose 12 finalists from among them to perform at the Sprint Festival Event Tent on the night of May 3.

The auditions and the semi-finals will begin at 7 p.m. that day and are open to the viewing public at no charge. Passes are being handled at the online box office at the Bright Box Theatre. Judges will whittle down the 12 finalists to six before the final performances at 8 p.m., when a sell-out crowd is expected to attend at 8 p.m. May 3. The audience will choose the winner following the final performances.

Tickets will be available at the usual festival outlets for $25.

No members of the board, the staff or the corporation of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Inc. or their immediate relatives may apply to compete.

The champion of the talent search will receive a cash prize of $5,000 plus other gifts and perks. Second place will win $1,500 and third $500. Exact times, locations, rules, entry forms, fees and a link to the Bright Box Theatre’s online box office are available at the festival’s website, www.thebloom.com. For more information, call 540-662-3863 or email the festival office at info@sabf.org or Theresa Gaines at tagaines6@yahoo.com.