By Everett Brazil, III
The Newkirk Herald Journal
NEWKIRK — There are many youth members in the county who have talents in music, dancing, acting and beyond. Those talented youth are invited to display their abilities in the Kay County Youth’s Got Talent contest, with the winning auditions performing at the Back to School Bash, to be held at the Kay County Amphitheater Aug. 13.
The Back to School Bash begins at 6 p.m., followed by the talent contest at 7:30.
The Kay County’s Youth’s Got Talent (KCYGT) is themed after similar programs like America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent. Like the national programs, participants audition to take part in the program for a chance to show off their skills.
“We are asking everyone to reach out to their favorite youth performer and encourage them to submit an audition” said committee co-chair Kelle Cross.
The contest is open to students ages 8 – 19 across Kay County. Contestants are asked to send a 60 – 90 second video displaying those talents, which can be anything from music, dancing, theater and even comedy.
“They can be plate spinning or hula hoops,” Cross said. “We want to see the talent.”
Flyers have been distributed across Kay County with a scannable QR code for auditions. They can also be uploaded at kaycountyamphitheater.weebly.com/kay-countys-got-talent.html. Submissions are due by July 10. The top six auditions will be selected by the KCYGT committee, who will perform at the Back to School Bash at 7:30 p.m. The top three winners will be invited to perform at Charlie Adams Day, Sept. 10.
Talented youth across Kay County are invited to take part.
“Kay County is known for an abundance of amazing talent, and we don’t want that talent to go unnoticed,” Cross said.
It is hoped that there will be many talents on display that night.
“We hope to see a variety of talent in the auditions,” said committee member Sara Free.
The event will be part of the larger Kay County Back to School Bash, which celebrates the start of the 2022 – 23 school year and will include plenty of food and games. All families in schools in Kay County, both public and private, are invited to participate.
“Fortunately, we live in a county with a new venue teat is perfect for connecting with friends and showcasing the best of Kay County youth. Research indicates that young people who regularly participate in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement,” Cross said. “The arts and education ho hand-in-hand. It will be the perfect start to the school year.”