ORRINGTON, Maine — Orrington’s Got Talent Variety Show is an amateur talent production and a fundraiser for The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum. “It is meant to be in the spirit of wholesome family fun, entertainment and a showcase for local entertainment enthusiasts,” said Richard Stockford, chairman of the farm’s board of directors.
The show, to be held 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Center Drive School, is open to most types of acts, including vocal, comedy, dance, reading and instrumental, that are fit for family members to enjoy. Participants will be chosen by a panel of judges at auditions at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Center Drive School.
“A century ago, long before the advent of radio or television, America was very familiar with the variety show as a form of entertainment. City folk referred to such programs as Vaudeville; to their rural counterparts they were known simply as socials, where neighbors provided the entertainment instead of professional showmen,” Curran Farm Museum Director Bruce Bowden said. “Townsfolk would assemble in schoolhouses, grange halls or church vestries and leave behind the tedium of their workaday lives while listening to their friends’ and neighbors’ stories and recitations, serenades of songs new and old, and coaxing music out of whichever instruments they happened to have, or telling a joke or two between acts to liven the mood. Most grange halls constructed in the late 19th century featured auditoriums with elevated stages, curtains and footlights for these popular programs.”
The auditions are open to all amateur entertainers and there are no age restrictions or residency requirements, except that anyone under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must also sign the required entry form. Professional entertainers are not permitted to enter. Emphasis is on individual talents and groups are not encouraged. There will be no music or any other type of contracts offered to participants. The show is strictly a Curran Homestead local, amateur variety show and is not affiliated with any other “Got Talent” or talent competition.
Judging for the auditions will focus on voice, stage presence, entertainment value and overall impression of each five-minute audition. At the variety show, the selected acts will compete for a People’s Choice Award in each of three age categories — elementary, high school, adult — determined by audience voting.
Entry forms for the auditions are required and must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Forms are available for pick up and completed entries may be delivered or mailed to:
• Center Drive School Office, 17 School Street, Orrington 04474
• Orrington Town Office, 29 Center Drive, Orrington 04474
• Bangor Letter Shop, 99 Washington Street, Bangor 04401