Earlier this month, Studio NYCHA announced that auditions for the 43rd annual talent show would run from February 7th until March 7th. After more than four decades, the NYCHA Talent Show Competition has grown to be one of the most anticipated events of the year. It is an after school program that engages youth, teens, adults and senior citizens alike.
As per tradition, each year the NYCHA Talent Show has a different theme. This year’s theme is “Change the World,” which is sure to get lots of people excited. And that’s really what it’s all about: “to inspire participants to create, practice, and work hard at achieving stellar performances through a collaborative process that joins the participants with industry professionals as well as various coaches” to create a “spectacular live production”.
In 2010 and 2011, the NYCHA Talent Show was hosted at the Apollo Theater, which lends its name to great performers like Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Lauryn Hill, and many more.
At the opening of the 41st annual talent show, NYCHA Chairman John B Rhea touched briefly on the idea of the competition as a celebration as well. “With hard work, with commitment and with courage, our performers have honed their talents and today they share their gifts with us. So we celebrate each of you; and in celebrating you we also celebrate the best of NYCHA… We celebrate each of you and we wish you success today—and every day—as you live out your dreams.”
Auditions are being held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 7pm by appointment only. Interested participants can call 212-683-3647 to make an appointment or send a video link to Juan.Santiago@nycha.nyc.gov. To see a gallery of last year’s talent show pictures, visit the Studio NYCHA website.