Quest for Talent – FAQ

Categories and Prizes
Dance

Junior 13 and under

1st Place: $150
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50

Adult 14+

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $100

Hip Hop Open

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $100

Vocals

Junior 13 and under

1st Place: $150
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50

Senior 14+

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $100

Variety

Open all ages

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $100

Original Piece

Open All ages

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $100

Country

Open All ages

1st Place: $250
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $100

Monetary prizes for the Quest winners will be paid by cheque. Winners are to provide their details to the coordinator upon completion of the Quest Grand Final.

Venues/Dates/Times
Heats

Venue
To be advised

Heat Dates
To be advised

Performance Times
To be advised

Parking
Ample parking is available at this site

Food/Drinks
Food will be available for purchase on the day

Finals

Venue
Jacaranda Festival at Evan Marginson Park, Goodna

Dates
Sat 28 Oct

Registration Time
From 9:30 (MUST be registered and backstage at call time, prior to your category beginning)

Performance Times
Will be assigned once heat winners are announced

Parking
Parking in and around the Festival site is available but can be difficult – allow yourself plenty of time.

Food/Drinks
A range of food outlets will be available at the Festival.

Performance Environment

Stage Size

Heats
Venue: To be advised
Stage: To be advised
Dance floor in front: To be advised

Grand Finals
Venue: Marquee at the Festival, Evan Marginson Park, Goodna
Stage: 7m x 8m

Facilities Provided

Sound/Stage

  • P.A & lightning with professional staff operating
  • CD players
  • Microphones: Vocal, Cordless & Lines + Instrument (no headset mics)
  • Mic stands
  • Direct Inputs for instruments

For Entrants

  • Registration area
  • Change area

ALL PROPS MUST BE PROVIDED BY ACT

Quest for Talent Entries

Entry Dates
Open: August 16, 2017
Close: September 29, 2017

Age
Age will be taken as at the closing date.

NOTE: the competition age group for a duo or ensemble will be determined by the age of the oldest member (e.g. if one performer is 13 & the other is 14, the duo qualifies for over 14 senior category).

How many times can I enter?

Enter in as many categories as you would like! Can only perform as the same act in a category one time (can perform and compete as solo in one category and in a group act in same category as this is a different act)

Instruments

There are time constraints of performances max 4min. Live backing needs to be detailed in the online entry.

NOTE: we do not provide instrument amps.

If you are unsure about whether your instruments can be accommodated, please contact our coordinator by email at questfortalent@goodnajacarandafestival.com or call Ash on 0409080929

Parents/Supporters Back Stage

Due to space constraints, only 1 parent/support person may accompany each act in the back-stage area.

Entering the Quest

Entries are to be submitted by completing the entry form available on our web site: www.goodnajacarandafestival.com/talent-quest/

All entries and payments will be confirmed by email. Failure of payment may lead to entry being forfeited.

Previous year’s 1st place winners cannot compete as the same act in the same category in the consecutive year.

Arriving for your performance
When you enter the talent quest you will be given a heat date and a confirmation email. If you haven’t registered before the beginning of your category, your entry may be forfeited.
On arrival at the venue, go straight to registration desk to give details of performance and stage requirements, and to hand in your backing track (if applicable). NOTE: Backing track should be on an Audio CD of one track per performance item.
TIP: Plan to arrive at the venue early to give yourself enough time to settle & not feel rushed!
Rehearsals/Sound Checks

There is no provision for rehearsals, detailed sound checks etc. Be prepared to perform.

Information about your backing track, instrument and stage requirements will be collected when you check in. NOTE: Any backing track should be on an Audio CD – not on DVD, MP3, iPod, mobile phone, etc.

If you have any particular requirements add this to online entry and discuss with coordinator on the night.

Your Performance

Parents (or Guardians) of 13 years and under are encouraged to stay within sight of their Children.

Acts or Songs must not contain “Profanity”.

Performance time is limited to a maximum of 4 minutes.

Each act will be introduced on stage by the Compere. You may introduce your song if you wish – please ensure you let us know this when you check in.

Bring all your own props including chairs. Please let us know these details in online entry and at registration.

If using recorded music as backing, the part you are performing must not be duplicated on the track.

Start of performance – You can nominate when you want backing music to start, eg, before you appear on stage, after you appear on stage etc. Please let us know this when you check in.

After you perform it is preferred you stay in costume as all the performers will be reintroduced back on stage at the end of your category (time permitting). You are also asked to stay close to the stage during this period.

Judges Performance Tips
  • Learn to breathe while phrasing your song.
  • Dress to the song/stage. Overall presentation is taken into consideration.
  • Choose a song relevant to your life experience, and read and understand the lyrics.
  • Practice in front of a mirror to learn expression & movement.
  • Practice effective microphone technique. Be careful not to cover your mouth with it.
  • Cause the audience to feel involved in the song.
Judges

Our judges are experienced, industry-based people who have stage experience themselves.

Announcements of Judges’ choice

Heats
Announcements will be made at the end of each category.

Grand Finals
Announcements will be made at the conclusion of all performances.

Judges' Feedback

We are in the process of choosing the best judges for the job this year! Watch this space!