The sixth annual Rockwall’s Got Talent, a local talent show and fundraiser, returns under the guidance of the Rockwall Community Playhouse’s Board of Directors.
Auditions are held by appointment at Rockwall High School Theater (901 Yellow Jacket in Rockwall) on February 14. Registration is $20 per act and the registration deadline is January 31.
The competition semifinals take place
on February 27 at 7 p.m. and the
finals follow on March 6 at 7 p.m. Rules and audition applications can be found on-line at www.rockwallcommunityplayhouse.org. Tickets are $10 and go on sale February 1.
Rockwall Community Playhouse (RCP), which was founded in 1995, is located in a small building on East Rusk Street, which was formerly used as a church. The theater has an entertaining season of musicals, dramas, comedies, and children and teen shows each year.
Since the auditorium seats just 84 people, the experience is intimate, and after each performance, everyone is invited to the stage to visit with the actors. For the past 20 years, the plays were chosen to suit the small venue. In 2006, RCP launched a capital campaign, and with the help of the community, recently paid off the note on a tract of land they purchased for a new theater complex
Plans are under way to develop a roomier building on Airport Road. The future structure seats 300 people and includes rooms for props, sets and costumes. The new facility features an expanded parking area and allows more flexibility in the type of production.
One way the board envisioned to raise money for the project is to showcase the best of the town’s performers in a competition with cash prizes donated by local businesses: $1000 (Northstar Bank Rockwall), $500 (Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall), and $250 (Westchester Homes). The goal is not only to raise money but to shine a light on the gifted population of Rockwall and the surrounding area, as well.
Rockwall’s Got Talent’s 2012 winner, Amber Carrington, had a great time during the process. "It was very cool to meet everyone in the competition," she recalled. "I was honored to win, because I’ve lived in Rockwall since I was in fourth grade and loved representing my city with what I love to do."
Carrington said that the best thing about participating in the talent show was that it gave her the confidence to pursue singing as a profession. After Rockwall’s Got Talent, Amber competed in NBC’s The Voice Season Four on Adam Levine’s team and was a semi-finalist. She has since moved to Nashville and sang at the Grand Ole Opry.
Rockwall Community Playhouse board member Darlene Singleton was instrumental in getting the local competition started. She said, "While watching one of our auditions for a major musical, I casually mentioned to Gary (Freeman) that Rockwall really did have some great talent. That was about seven years ago and here we are now hosting our sixth Rockwall’s Got Talent. Every event has been unique and fun."
Like the television show "Dancing with the Stars," at Rockwall’s Got Talent, each audience member votes for his or her favorite act. Then audience votes are combined and considered as one judge vote and added to the other judges’ scores.