Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced today their first- ever county-wide talent competition. The search is on to award the title of “Orange County’s Best”. If you sing, dance, play an instrument, perform in a band, or have a dance crew, Segerstrom wants to talk to you! Give us your best shot, and wow the judges and a live audience! Beginning today, April 1, applications are accepted through our website (www.scfta.org/OCCenterStage), with the deadline to enter on June 1. Ten finalists will be selected to compete in front of a panel of judges on Saturday, August 24 on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and the title of “Orange County’s Best”! Second place will be awarded $750, and third place will win $500. In addition, ALL finalists will receive a stipend: solos and duos will receive $150 for performing, and groups of three or more will receive $300.This is your time to shine, Orange County!
OC Center Stage is open to residents of Orange County who are at least eight (8) years old and non-professionals (you may not generate fifty percent (50%) or more of your wages from performing). Full content rules are available below and on our website. The vision behind our first ever talent competition comes from Jason Holland, VP of Community Engagement, “There is so much incredible talent right here in Orange County! At Segerstrom Center for the Arts we are committed to working with and supporting local artists. We want them staying in Orange County; living, working and creating in our community. It brings
value to our cities, it attracts businesses and it brings us all together! OC Center Stage is another forum for us to shine a light on the diverse wealth of artists in our area and will hopefully serve to inspire and propel these artists further towards their goals.”
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is an acclaimed arts institution as well as a beautiful multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence, offering unsurpassed experiences and to engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring arts-based education and community engagement programs.
Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School.
The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events.
Segerstrom Center is a leader among the nation’s performing arts centers for providing education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. The Center’s programs reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in five Southern California counties. Community engagement programs developed through the Center for Dance and Innovation and Center Without Boundaries also connect the Center more comprehensively with Orange County’s many diverse communities. The CDI supports flagship artistic programming and a wide range of projects that celebrate innovation, nurture creativity and engage audiences of the future. It is home to the ABT Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The Center Without Boundaries develops partnerships with non-cultural organizations to help them in their own efforts to respond to the ever-changing needs of the community.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons performed at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
In addition to Segerstrom Center for the Arts as a presenting and producing institution, it also identifies the beautiful 14-acre campus that embraces the Center’s own facilities as well as two independently acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.
OC CENTER STAGE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Julianne and George Argyros Plaza 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Awards:
Finalist stipends:
Solo/Duo- $150
Small Group/Ensemble- $300
Grand Prize- $1,000
2nd Place- $750
3rd Place- $500
Apply electronically beginning April 1, 2019
Entry deadline: June 1, 2019
All who enter must commit to the following schedule:
Sound check/rehearsal: August 24, 2019, 4:00pm
Performance: August 24, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm
Submissions will be judged by the following criteria:
• Originality/creativity
• Technical ability
• Audience appeal
Guidelines and Additional Information:
• There is no cost to enter.
• Complete an electronic application form and provide a video link per piece entered.
• Applications are accepted via www.scfta.org/OCCenterStage
• A maximum of two (2) entries are allowed per performance group or individual. Separate electronic forms and video file are required per piece entered. All files must be clearly labeled with the performer’s name and title of performance piece.
• Maximum length of performance piece- six (6) minutes.
• Incomplete materials or those exceeding the time limit will not be processed.
• The video file must contain only the piece being entered. No exceptions.
• If your entry is selected you will be contacted no later than July 1, 2019.
• Ten (10) finalists will be chosen. Finalists will compete and perform before a panel of judges in front of a live audience at Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in a performance on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
• The winner will be announced on the evening of the performance.
• All performers must:
o Be at least eight (8) years of age.
o Reside within Orange County.
o Be non-professionals, i.e. you may not generate fifty percent (50%) or more of your wages from performing.
• Performances must be totally self-contained.
• A piano/keyboard, drum kit, microphones, padded marley floor, and sound system will be provided by Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
• Props are permissible; however, the placement of the props must not interfere with the flow of the performance. All props must clear the stage immediately following the performance. No littering of the stage is allowed.
Information:
Admission – FREE
Online – SCFTA.org
Phone – (714) 556-2787
From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Information provided is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a public, non-profit organization. “Segerstrom Center for the Arts” is a registered trademark.

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