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'Scarborough's Talent' at Scarborough Open Air Theatre
‘Scarborough’s Talent’ will be
staged at the town’s Open Air Theatre this summer, as part of the
free summer entertainment which begins next week.
The competition – open to all singers,
bands and performers – will form part of Gary T Davies’ Family
Funtime show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the theatre.
The “heats” take place on Tuesdays, with up
to nine slots available to contestants during the two-hour
The overall winner gets their own guest
spot in Wednesday’s Family Funtime show, on the same bill as girl
duo, Distracted, who performed in the theatre for the Olympic Torch
celebration last month; and the Hatton School of Performing Arts
who will also be accompanying Gary throughout the summer run.
Gary said: “This is a fabulous opportunity
for vocalists, bands and other performers to come down to the
theatre and get some experience on the big stage. They can come
down on the day with their backing CD or instruments, fill in a
form and, if picked, be on the stage that afternoon competing
against other acts for a place in the Wednesday show.”
In what is being billed as
family-orientated music and variety, singer James Aconley and
Friends will perform twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from
this Monday (23 July) until 30 August, with Gary taking the
limelight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All the shows will begin at
2pm and no admission will be charged.
James, who has sung in theatres across the
region and has his own cabaret show which he performs in hotels and
restaurants, will be singing – along with his cast – songs from
Glee, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Dreamboats and
Petticoats, Michael Buble, Take That, One Direction and Olly Murs,
with numbers from British pop legends and children’s music also
included. The show will feature a selection from community and
youth groups and will be backed up by dancers from the Scarborough
Gary, whose routine is set to include
comedy, song and impressions inspired by the likes of The Mask, Bob
The Builder, Shrek, The Blues Brothers and Jedward, has perfected
his act in holiday centres and other venues around the UK and has
appeared on TV on several shows inluding ITV’s Classy Acts and
Sky’s The All New Variety Show.
His is known for his quick costumes changes
and family audience participation and Gary says he is looking
forward to bringing that to the Open Air Theatre this summer.
Scarborough Borough Council Strategic
Director, David Archer, said: “It will be fantastic to see the
theatre in use during the daytime. It’s also a great opportunity
for local singers and dancers to get involved and enjoy some
big-stage experience that could open other doors for them in the
“It gives holidaymakers yet another reason to visit
Scarborough and will provide a boost to the town’s summertime