Are you a comedian, singer, dancer or magician? Can you play guitar like a rock star?  If you have talent, (even hidden talent,) the Marshall County Arts Commission invites you to share it. They are hosting auditions for their first ever Young Artist Talent Showcase. Auditions are being held at the Marshall County Children’s Art Activity Center on January 25.

iLove the ArtsAny child under the age of 18 can audition. Those interested should prepare a performance that is under 5 minutes in length. There are no time slots or appointments, just come to the Arts Center, located at 1202 Elm St. in Benton, any time between 3:30 and 5:30 on January 25. The big showcase date will be February 15.

For singers- a capella singing is acceptable for the audition, but an auxiliary cord so that you can play tracks from your device will be available. A keyboard will also be available, but no accompanist is provided.

“We decided to host this showcase because we feel there’s a lot of untapped young talent in this area,” said Marketing and Programming Coordinator, Leiren Jackson. “We want to encourage aspiring performers to showcase their talents in an environment that is comfortable and encouraging. There is no competition and there are no winners; the event will just be a celebration of the wealth of talent we have in Western Kentucky.”

“Sometimes all a kiddo needs is to experience the thrill of live performance once to realize a lifelong passion or uncover a thread of self-confidence they may never have known they possessed,” Jackson added. “At the Marshall County Children’s Art Center, we hope to facilitate these discoveries and enrich the lives of young people in the process.” 

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“So far, we’ve had lots of inquiries from Marshall County and neighboring counties, and many say they plan to attend our auditions. We’re hoping to allow as many young people as we can the opportunity to perform.” 

If you have questions or need additional information, please call 270.703.7576.

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The Marshall County Arts Commission

The mission of the Marshall County Arts Commission is to insure the inclusion of the cultural heritage of the arts in Marshall County. It also helps by providing venue opportunities for arts presentations by, and for, the citizens of Marshall County and assists in securing financial support for these provisions. The Commission seeks to serve as a catalyst for the development of an appreciation for the arts. 

The Marshall County Arts Commission was chartered in 2003 by the Marshall County Fiscal Court and is a qualified 501©3non-profit charitable organization. Governed by a seventeen member volunteer board, the Commission conducts open monthly business meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month.

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The 6800 sq. ft. Children’s Art Activity Center opened in the spring of 2014. This facility located at 1202 Elm St. Benton, serves as the central operating location for the programs and activities of the Arts Commission.