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posted: 6/16/2014 3:49 PM

Aurora library plans auditions for teen talent competition

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  • The 2013 talent winner, Jake Julian of Aurora, a Waubonsie Valley High School student, is the guest performer at this year's show.

      The 2013 talent winner, Jake Julian of Aurora, a Waubonsie Valley High School student, is the guest performer at this year's show.
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Live auditions for the Aurora Public Library's sixth annual teen talent show and competition are set for June 18, 19 and 21 at three library locations.

Auditions are limited to 3½ minutes. All talents are welcome, and competitors do not need to be Aurora residents. Those who audition must be between the ages of 12 and 18 on the date of the competition, Aug. 9.

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Audition times and dates are:

• 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Eola Road Branch Library, 555 S. Eola Road

• 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Main Library, 1 E. Benton St.

• 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the West Branch, 233 S. Constitution Drive

A signed parental permission form, available for downloading at; click on TEENS, is required. Forms also will be available at the auditions.

Performances will be judged by members of the Young Adult Committee of the Aurora Public Library. Jim Corti, artistic director for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, will sit in on the auditions to offer teens suggestions for improvement.

A CD player will be available for those singing to a background track. There is no preregistration. Performers will audition on a first-come, first-served basis. Finalists who will advance to the Aug. 9 competition will be notified by phone or email.

The Sixth Annual competition, planned by Aurora Public Library's three young adult librarians, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Copley Theatre in downtown Aurora. A mandatory dress rehearsal is planned for the evening of Thursday, Aug. 7, also at the Copley Theatre.

Both the audition and the competition are free.

Last year's winner was Jake Julian of Aurora, a Waubonsie Valley High School student. He will be the guest performer at this year's show.

For more information, call (630) 264-4125 or ask for the teen librarian when you visit the Main Library, Eola Road Branch or West Branch.

The winner will receive a trophy. The performers, returning winner, hosts, judges and teen volunteers all donate their time and efforts to this community event.

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