Lynch said people can expect a bigger and better event this year.
Loveland, Oh. - On March 1st, talented teens have another opportunity to win $3,500 in prize money offered at the second “Hold On Talent Slam”. The top award is $1,000 for the best performing art talent.
“The community has another chance to experience a night of unforgettable entertainment,” said one of the organizers, Doug Ransom. The venue was changed this year to accommodate a larger crowd. The gym at the New Hope Baptist church in Loveland was chosen because of the large informal space with a stage, according to Ransom.
Loveland area organizations, businesses, and churches sponsor the showcase of talent to honor teens who are passionate about, and work hard to craft their performance art. Singer/songwriters, musicians, poets, and dancers competed last year.
“It was just an awesome event,” said Heather Lynch, about the first Talent Slam held last year. Lynch is one of the founders of Epiphany United Methodist Church's Andrew's Suicide Awareness and Prevention (ASAP) team, an event sponsor. “It was exciting to showcase local teenagers’ talent and provide them an opportunity and an outlet for their gifts.”
The event is free and open to the public, and parking is free at the church. There is no entry fee for the contestants who sent audition tapes for the opportunity to compete. Numerous door prizes, such as dinners at Loveland area restaurants, are awarded to the audience throughout the evening. The audience will enjoy light snacks provided by local eateries.
Doors open at 6 PM - Teens starts slamming at 7
Lynch said people can expect a bigger and better event this year. She is hopeful the community will again come out to support the local teens. She said, “Last year the teens really bonded and it was a very positive experience for them. I think it made them feel really good about themselves because it promoted self esteem and was overall just a great experience for them.”
Matt Baker, another organizer said, “Last year’s event was so amazing. It was so powerful because so many kids, you could see, put their heart and soul into these performances.” Baker said it was a great event that allowed teens to tell their stories in creative ways.” He added, “It was a blessing to the audience who came.”
Ransom said the event was moved to the New Hope gym because it was perfect in a number of ways; the size of the gym, and the flexibility to be able to move things around and set it up the way they wanted. “New Hope has been very accommodating. We can access their kitchen and use some of their sound equipment along with what we rent,” he said. “And, it’s just a great central location that people know.”
New Hope Pastor Bill Hounshell said they were really excited about being able to host the Talent Slam. “This is something we like to do - be part of our community. And, we know the Talent Slam has done such a great job providing kids an outlet to show their talent. We are honored that this year we get a chance to host it and we are excited to see what happens,”
Ransom expanded on what Baker said, “Because, I think in addition to the teens getting a lot out of it and getting rewarded, I think the audience, as Matt indicated got to see some really great talent and it was an evening of entertainment, it wasn’t just a ‘Let’s go support our son or daughter’ - it was, ‘This is very enjoyable.’ It was very well done. The kids practiced. They did their homework. They did wonderfully, and it’s just a great evening all around.”
Judging the talent will be members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Eta-Omicron Chapter, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Ricky Mulvey has been invited for a repeat performance as emcee. “I’m am particularly proud of Ricky, as our Sports Director and on air personality,” said Loveland Magazine Publisher, David Miller. “Even though Ricky was not competing for prizes, he certainly won the hearts of his audience. I still hear great things a year later about how entertaining he was last year.” Miller said, “People still keep asking if Ricky is going to be back this year. Well, yes I’m happy to announce, he is, and he’s very excited about the return engagement.”
Also returning as Stage Manager is Mallory Jackson, now a student at Ohio State, and a 2013 Loveland High School graduate. Last year, as President of Loveland High School’s Active Minds, Jackson was given complete reign to manage the acts, and keep the show flowing.
The second, Hold On Talent Slam will be on March 1st at 7 PM in the gymnasium at the New Hope Baptist Church at 1401 Loveland Madeira Road. Doors will open at 6 PM and there is no reserved seating or tickets required.
Sponsors of the Hold ON Talent Slam are: Epiphany United Methodist Church’s ASAP (Andrew’s Suicide Awareness and Prevention), Loveland Magazine, Loveland High School’s Active Minds, New Hope Baptist Church, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Eta-Omicron Chapter, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
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