Talent Show Auditions

Peninsula, on Thu May 16 at 2:30PM

The Esprit Talent Show is a fun and popular event for the performers, attendees and general public. This year’s show is being produced by the combined skills of the Esprit Committee and a number of talented volunteers. We welcome any type of act; acts in the past have included live musical performances, karaoke, stand-up comedy, magic, dramatic performance…the list goes on! We want the show overall to run about 75 minutes, so to ensure as many acts as possible have time on stage we ask that you limit your act to 5 minutes. With this limitation, and allowing for changeover and short bits between acts we hope to have time for 9-11 acts to perform. If you want to perform, here is a general idea of the production schedule and casting process:

First... SIGN UP! A sign-up sheet will be posted in the registration lobby. Tell us who you are, what you want to do, and how to contact you. If your act involves playback of any music or other technical needs, please contact the technical director Julia Lauer by using the contact page as soon as possible and get her your media or special requests. If at all possible, please get Julia your media prior to the auditions.

You must attend the auditions from about 2:00-4:00pm Thursday in the Peninsula Room. You will have a chance to perform your act and update your biographical information. Keep in mind this space is pretty small compared to the Elks stage, so if your act is a big modern dance piece, you might have to pare it down for the audition!

The show will be cast and rehearsal times posted by Thursday evening. Those that are cast will be assigned a 20 minute rehearsal time for Friday afternoon. During this time you will have the chance to rehearse your act a few times, on the Elks stage, and with the sound system so you can get the feel of the stage. Okay, I know what you’re thinking, "20 Minutes to rehearse???!!?!" Keep in mind: Friday afternoon is CRAZY! We will give you 20 minutes of undivided attention to rehearse, but please be punctual, and ready to go! We have to keep on schedule, or the show staff won't have time to change their clothes for the evening! And we don’t want that to happen!

Check in with the show staff before dinner. We need to know everybody's there! Now...relax. Enjoy your dinner. Have fun! You'll need to get ready backstage before dinner ends, especially if you're one of the first acts. Maybe have someone save your dessert! Go out there and break a leg!

General specifications: The stage is about 30' wide X 12' deep. 4 wireless handheld microphones will be available. Straight or boom stands are available. 6 speaker sound system with stage monitor will be provided. If you need props or furniture beyond a chair or maybe a music stand, you are on your own!

Additional needs: 1 or 2 people to volunteer for backstage coordination/stagehand duty would be awesome! Contact the Talent Show Coordinator or the Volunteer Coordinator if you’d like to help out with the show, but don’t want to be onstage. Wear your most fashionable backstage black! You’ll look all cool talking on a headset! No experience necessary!

Presenter Info

For many years the Esprit Talent Show has been produced by Julia Lauer. She brought just the right mix of energy, skill, talent and passion to the production to raise it to a professional-quality production. The town of Port Angeles looks forward to seeing the show every year.

In 2022 due to a sudden emergency just hours before showtime Julia was unable to run the show. However, thanks to her wonderful preparations, her well-trained team carried the evening off without a hitch.

In 2023 we lost our wonderful Julia. Her team couldn't let her down, though, and from rough notes and memories and sheer determination the 2023 Talent Show went on and was as memorable as all the rest. 

Julia looks forward to again producing the Talent Show with Kara Connor, and assisting where she can with other technical issues that arise at Esprit 2022.