Entries flooding in for The Big T competition

The Big T entrant, 13-year-old Kailum Farmery.
The Big T entrant, 13-year-old Kailum Farmery.

IT may be less than five weeks until the Big T Grand Final but not even the organisers know who will be performing yet!

That’s to be decided at the auditions which begin in just two weeks’ time.

A huge success last year, the grand final of this year’s event takes place on Saturday, March 4.

It will offer an exciting showcase for the 12 winning acts from the auditions, all of them competing against each other for the coveted crown of The Big T 2012 - and a £500 cash prize.

The audition judges are looking forward to being entertained by singers, dancers, comedians, musical theatre, karate, poem recitals, musicians and more.

Time is beginning to close in now, but there is still ample chance to register to audition for everyone over the age of 10 living in Harrogate and the district as a whole.

The Harrogate Advertiser Series has already featured several hopefuls over the past few weeks but recent additions to the list of applicants include 13-year-old Kailum Farmery who wowed the audience with his Street Dance solo in the Harrogate Creative Dance Christmas concert and multi-talented 14-year-old Laura Fell whose ambition is to have a career in dance.

They can’t wait to show their skills to the audition judges and compete for the £500 prize money.

Beth Metcalf, 21, is another talented local entrant, who will be playing acoustic guitar and singing one of her own songs, to try and gain a place in the Grand Final.

Beth has loved singing since before she could walk, and has been taking lessons for 10 years.

The guitar playing is a more recent skill.

Her taste in music ranges from The Beatles to Beautiful South.

Currently she is playing an ugly sister in Cinderella at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough, but she can also occasionally be spotted singing at the Blues Bar in Harrogate.

The Grand Final will showcase the 12 winning acts from the auditions, who will then compete against one another for the coveted crown – The Big T 2012.

The evening will be a professionally produced variety talent contest on the stage of Harrogate’s beautiful Victorian theatre.

A very special element of this unique evening is the live voting on the night from the audience and celebrity judges, not once, but twice.

All proceeds ffrom the event will go towards Stage 4, The Next Stage, concentrating on the restoration and modernisation of Harrogate Theatre’s backstage areas.

To audition and for full details, waste no time in emailing thebigt2012@btinternet.com or pick up an application form from Harrogate Theatre Box Office.

Applicants must be over the age of 10, though there is no upper age limit.

l If you would like to attend The Big T Grand Final, held on Saturday, March 3, and vote for your favourite act, tickets are available now from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office, telephone 01423 502 116, or securely online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk, for £12 (£10 concs).