Baton twirling. Dancing. Singing. Violin and ukulele playing. These are some of the acts on the lineup for TalentFest 2014, a showcase of some of the top high school performers in Elgin Area School District U-46.
The competition will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Hemmens, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The public is invited. Tickets are $5 and available at hemmens.org.
Each of the five high schools in District U-46 will have held its own talent contest by that date, and each will have chosen two winning acts to compete at the TalentFest.
The schools choose their winners by a panel of judges or by audience votes, or in some cases a combination of the two.
The TalentFest was created four years ago during a brainstorming session of the Hemmens Advisory Board. This year's festival will be the fourth annual event.
All 10 acts will perform during the first act, after which the audience will vote for their favorite. The top five acts chosen by the audience will perform again in the second half. Celebrity judges will choose the first-, second- and third-place winners from those five. Those winners will receive a cash prize and a plaque.
The school whose two acts combined garner the most audience votes will receive the traveling TalentFest trophy until next year's event. Presently Elgin High holds that trophy.
Also performing this year is Joey Splinter, first-place winner at TalentFest 2013 and a graduate of Streamwood High School.
The celebrity judges this year are Jaime Garcia, chairman of the U-46 Educational Foundation as well as Executive Director of Centro de Informacion; Tish Powell, Elgin city councilwoman; Terri Dedecker, Fine Arts Coordinator for U-46; and two student judges. The emcee will be David Hunter of GreenRoom Productions.