Amellia Winkley competing in Gympie Central competition A Time to shine. Photo Renee Pilcher / The Gympie Times
Amellia Winkley competing in Gympie Central competition A Time to shine. Photo Renee Pilcher / The Gympie Times Renee Pilcher

Get your act together cause it's Time to Shine

TO ALL the entertainers out there, get your act together and get ready for Time To Shine- Gympie Central's revamped talent quest.

After a year of re-thinking and innovation, the competition has been re-born; bigger and better than ever.

Marketing manager Anthony Mallett said this year the focus is on stage presence and entertainment rather than specific talents.

Whether you are a comedian, singer, group act or belly dancer, event organisers want to see entrants get the audience involved.

"We felt after four years it had become repetitive and after a re-think we came up with Time To Shine," he said.

"It's more about whether people can entertain the crowd; a child of seven has the ability to entertain just as well as someone who is 20."

The changes keep coming; this year the stage has doubled in size to allow entertainers more room to move.

More than $4, 000 worth of prizes are up for grabs and the winner will recieve $2, 000.

This is double the prize money offered in 2012 and should the winning performer happen to be a singer, they will also recieve a recording contracted valued at $1, 800, supplied by Third Eye Media and Productions in Brisbane.

A prize of $500 will go to the runner-up, Simo's Music Shop has donated a guitar worth $500 and stage performance lessons from Karen Thompson are also on offer.

Gympie singer Amellia Winkley, 17, said the event is a fantastic opportunity for local performers.

"I love the sound of it, it gives people a broader range of choice to showcase their stage presence," she said.

Troy Rowlands will emcee the event while judges Graeme Jensen, Sue Flower and Geoff Yelaska will face the tough challenge of selecting the star for 2014.

There are four heats, the first of which begins on July 24 at 5pm. An epic finale will run on Saturday August 23 between 12 and 4pm.

Registration is open now and entrants can go to gympiecentral.com.au or drop into the Gympie Central office to access an entry form. A fee of $10 applies but will be donated to Community Action Youth Service.

Gympie Times


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