Time is running out to secure a spot to audition for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, a summer-long talent competition co-sponsored by the Daily Herald, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.
There are 100 spots available, and the deadline to register is Monday, May 26, at dailyherald.com/events.
So far, 25 acts have signed up for auditions, which are set from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 5 and 6; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8.
These auditions and the preliminary rounds of competition for the top 20, top 15 and top 10 acts take place at Suburban Chicago's Got Talent's new venue partner, the Prairie Center for the Arts at 201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg. The winner will be announced at Taste of Arlington Heights in August.
In the previous two years of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, competitors included singer-songwriters, comedians, jazz pianists, rock bands and even a yo-yo virtuoso. So far this year, registration has been dominated by singers, specializing in pop, country, opera or performing their own material. But the contest welcomes a variety of acts as long as they are family-friendly and adhere to the competition guidelines.
This year's winner gets a new prize package called a "STARter Kit," which features a concert performance as an opening act for a major headliner at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, a professional concert-style photo shoot, a promotional video drawn from competition footage and professional talent mentoring. And as in previous years, Suburban Chicago's Got Talent continues its Fan Favorite prize of a Funjet Vacation for two that is ultimately decided by general audiences voting online at dailyherald.com.