The Concept: Festival Organizers have worked hard in recent years to keep excitement levels up and the good times rolling after the end of our signature event: the Grand Feature Parade. The “post-parade” slot at the Sprint Festival Event Tent has been a tough spot to fill in recent years; but, for 2014, Organizers feel that the solution has been found! On Saturday night, along with the usual good-time excitement of a Festival Tent Party, the Festival will be holding the Finals of its season-long talent search: Apple Blossom’s Got Talent! Always striving to do everything in the biggest possible way, the Festival will present the champion of this talent search with a cash prize of $5,000.00 plus other gifts and perks. Exact times, locations, rules, entry forms, fees and a link to the Bright Box Theatre’s on-line box office are available at the Festival’s web site. Further information is also available at SABF Headquarters, 540-662-3863; and, from Event Chair, Theresa Gaines.
The Auditions: Three preliminary Auditions for Apple Blossom’s Got Talent! are scheduled. All Auditions will be held at the fabulous new Bright Box Theatre at 15 North Loudoun Street on the Old Town Walking Mall. There will be a maximum of 30 contestants on each of these three nights; and, judges will select 10 contestants each night to continue on to the Semi-Finals. Potential contestants will be required to provide Organizers with a DVD or a video link of their talent to assist with the screening process before each Audition. Each contestant will be given two minutes to perform. There are restrictions listed in the Official Rules; but, in general, many types of talent can be displayed within the confines of the space and time provided [in other words, this is not for singers only]. On Thursday, April 17th, the 30 contestants chosen by the judges at the preliminary Auditions will perform again at the Bright Box Theatre at the Semi-Finals; and judges will choose 12 finalists from among them to perform at the Sprint Festival Event Tent on the night of Saturday, May 3rd. No Members of the Board, the Staff, or the Corporation of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®, Inc., or their immediate relatives, may apply. The Auditions and the Semi-Finals all start at 7:00pm and are open to the viewing public at no charge. Passes are being handled at the on-line Box Office at the Bright Box Theatre.
The Finals: After three months of continuous build-up, a sell-out crowd is expected to pack the Sprint Festival Event Tent on Saturday night, at 8:00pm, for the Finals of Apple Blossom’s Got Talent! Parking, bar availability, food availability, tent layout, et cetera, will follow the standard format for big nighttime events at the Sprint Tent. The difference in this case is that, instead of a band entertaining, the excitement of the night will revolve around the choosing of the $5,000 Grand Champion in our talent search. All twelve finalists will perform; and, judges will pare their number down to six. Those six will then perform one last time before the audience members themselves vote by ballot for first place , second place, and third place.