If you’re looking for a way to bring your friends and family together for a lively event, consider hosting a talent show. It may sound daunting, but with a talent show planning checklist, you can easily put together a memorable event. A talent show is also an excellent fundraiser idea. Younger children love to show off their special talents, such as reciting their favorite poems, playing a tune on their recorder, or showing off their newest dance moves. Teen and adults can show off their vocal skills, or lack thereof, when you host a singing competition. Keep reading to learn more about how to put on a talent show.
Choose The Type of Competition
To start planning the event, first, decide whether you want to host a talent show as a fundraiser or just for fun. After you make that decision, then you’ll have to decide what kind of talent you’d like to showcase. It could be a dance competition, singing competition, or even a comedy showdown. Consider your audience when choosing the type of competition. Will it be primarily adults or families with young children? Make sure the show will be age-appropriate.
Choose a Date
Now it’s time to choose a date. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to plan your talent show. Put together a talent show planning checklist to help keep you on track. Some things to consider include recruiting and auditioning talent, choosing a venue and reserving a venue, and sending out invitations. You should also consider whether your show will be inside or outside. Finally, avoid holidays and times when people typically vacation to maximize attendance.
Create an Events Committee
Feeling overwhelmed? Whether you’re trying to figure out how to organize a dance competition, how to host a singing competition, or just how to plan a talent show in general, you don’t have to do it alone! Put together a planning or steering committee and delegate responsibilities, such as:
- Venue selection
- Talent recruitment
- Rehearsal management
- Choosing awards or prizes
Other considerations include lighting and sound technicians and refreshments for attendees.
Consider The Venue
When thinking about event planning and how to start a talent show, the venue is one of the most important considerations. Churches, school gymnasiums, or auditoriums are options for a large-scale indoor talent show. If you are planning a non-profit fundraiser, local community centers may allow you to use their space. If you are planning an outdoor competition, many public parks have pavilions available for rent, otherwise, you could consider renting or buying event tents to ensure that competitors and guests are protected in case of inclement weather.
Recruit The Talent and Hold Auditions
You can’t have a talent show without talent! You should have a committee specifically devoted to recruiting talent. This same committee could also serve as judges when you hold auditions, or you could bring in local figures, such as the town officials or local talent to judge. Social media, websites, and email are all excellent communication and recruitment tools. Make sure to include specifics about your competition, including the type of talent you’re looking for (i.e., singing, comedy, magic, etc.) try-out dates, and any other requirements including age, if applicable. If you’re hosting a school talent show, create fun posters to encourage student participation. For time management and efficiency, create deadlines to sign up and schedule a limited number of audition dates. Keep in mind that everyone loves prizes, so be sure to advertise what the lucky winner will receive - besides the always important bragging rights of course!
Promote Your Talent Competition
You’ve chosen the big day, lined up your venue, and have your talented contestants - it’s time to start promoting your talent show! Plan to start promotions weeks in advance so that everyone can mark their calendars and also to build excitement and anticipation of your upcoming event. Try to engage local media to promote your event on television, social media, and newspapers. Sometimes it can be helpful to create a theme for promotions. Currently, dance and singing competitions are very popular on television, so you could mimic one of those programs for your theme. You could also give hints about the performances to peak curiosity and entice your audience to attend.
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