Talent Shows forInside this eBook:Talent Shows for Fun & FundraisingIdeas for how to organize a school or gcamp talent showSuggestions for acts, behind the scenes support, and ppplanninpgTiTipsps for how to get everyone involved!A FREE VolunteerSpot eBookVolunteerSpot Philosophp yAt VolunteerSpot, we believe that volunteers should be rewarded for stepping forward and sharing their time and talents with those in need. All too often, volunteering means putting up with a certain amount of hassle or frustration –Please feel free to post this eBook on your blog or email itwhetherwhether t hatthat isis latelate n ightPlease feel free to post this eBook on your blog or email it night to whomever you believe would benefit from reading it. emails, reply-all messages, reminder phone calls, or THANK YOU!searching for a parking space. Our sponsors enable us to provide FREE tools that pT~ Veam lotun eerStposimplify volunteering, powering your good work in schools and clubs, in your congregation and neighborhoods. We can’t find you a parking space, but with VolunteerSpot, DOING GOOD just got easier!© 2009 b yby V oV lunteerSpotlunteerSpot DOING GOODGOOD Just GoGot E asier!Easier!Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License, Attribution 2.5.http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/Talent Shows are FUN!Many schools, camps, and organizations hold talent shows every year because they are fun, involve the community, and give students a chance to show off their special skills. We’ve collected information to help you plan your talent show and we hope you will find some ideas to make your next event a success!“The Talent Show keeps our kids buzzing all year -thinking up of new acts and practicing together on the playground.”~ Ms. M.Principal, Austin, TXTalent Shows / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!How to Plan a Talent ShowWhy a Talent Show?page 5Getting Startedpage 6Save time, Plan Onlinepage 8Its All in the Detailspage 9Fundraisingpage 10 Spreading the Wordpage 11Creative Bonus Actspap ge 12gProgram Tipspage 13Preparationspage 14Concessionspap ge 15gKid’s Guidepage 16Tips for Performerspage 17Talent Shows / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!Why a Talent Show?For th e schloo community:There is nothing more fun or memorable to students than to see their friends celebrated front‐and‐center! For th e particitpan s:Participating in a talent show gives all students recognition for non‐academic talents. It also provides character‐building lessons during try‐outs, practice and performance. In middle and high school, ,student prp oduction teams getg to showcase their staging g,g ,sound and lighting skills. It’s a wonderful teambuilding experience for all ages.For the parents/parent association:Talent shows are a fun opportunity for parents to partner with performing arts teachers, administrators, and other parents. Many schools use talent shows to raise money by selling tickets, t‐shirts and concessions.Talent Shows / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!Getting StartedA talent show is a great way to celebrate the performing talents of students. Here are some tips that will help you organize a talent show.Organize a committee of students, parents, local business owners and teachers. The coc mmitotmmit eet is rer sponsiblee forfo overov seeinger the Recruit willing planning, promotion and implementation performers.of the talent show.Choose the date. Be careful not to pick dates around exams or school‐wide testing! ResRe es re vev a space to hold the show, notify the administrators, and get yourself on the calendar.Talent Shows / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!Getting Started (contGetting Started ’d)d)Recruit non‐performers to help. Keep a list of people e who o want t to to partit cipatpa et e but but not ot perfpe ormo, along with their particular skills and interests.Publicize your event. Ask students to make tpos ers and hang them around the schloo , and around town. Schedule auditions. Auditions encourageg students to prepare their routine, and allow the organizer to screen for potential problems or inappropriate acts. Limit acts to 2 or 3 minutes. Use a bell or gongo g to indicaindic ta et when time is up. Talent Shows / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!Save time, Plan your Talent Show Online with VolunteerSpotVolunteerSpot’s simple online scheduler makes it easy to get the help y ouyou need . One-click s ignsign-ups and automated confirmations and reminders help everyone keep their commitments.Talent Shows / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!It’s all in the Details•Ask Backstage – where will acts wait until it’s their turn?•Production Planningteachers –StagingSt – WhatWha equipmen tequipmen is needed fo rfo each act , howho will it ge tge to wherewher it needs to be?and staff –Sound – Who will start/stop recorded music? Will live music be picked up to support by the audio system? Who’s responsible for sound checks? –Lights – What are lighting needs? Who’s responsible for lighting checks?the talent –Timing ‐‐gDecide who o will keep eep trt acack ofo timte. Hava e a plp an foro what at to to do do if an act goes over.show by •Food – How long is rehearsal? Will students and teachers need refreshments? allowing Are concessions going to be sold during the show?•Supervision – Who will be in charge of making sure everyone is ready when it’s students to their turn? practice •Stage Fright – Do you have a plan if some of the kids get scared? (for younger kids, keeping a bag of ‘courage pellets’ (candy) handy can help.during •Tickets – Will patrons need tickets? Will they be sold ahead of time, or at the door, or both? lunch or •Grand Finale: Will all performers be invited back up on stage?after •Judging & prizes: Decide if there will there be a competition. If so, what is the process for quickly scoring results and announcing winners? school.•Appreciation: Decide how the staff, parents and students that helped with the show will be recognized.•Set up/Clean up: Recruit volunteers to both set up and clean up the stage and auditorium.Talent Shows / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!Turning your Talent Show into a Fdun raiserSell T‐shirts, food, glow bracelets, etc.Sell advertising for the printed program and Sponsor Banners to be prominently posted near the stageSell tickets – either at the door, or ahead of timeSell flowers, ribbons, or other favors for the audience to give the performersRecRe oc rdo the perf ormanceperf and sell DV DDV sD ‐ either a high school student, parent , or professional can record and edit the DVDCreaCr tea et a photophot ‐book and sell cop icop esTalent Shows / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!