Step by step guide: talent show
Celebrate the diverse range of talents your students
possess by literally putting them centre stage! A talent show
guarantees support from parents and relatives, providing an
exciting evening of entertainment while raising lots of
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Portishead have run their
'St Joseph's Got Talent' contest for three years, raising lots of
money and having tons of fun! They've advised us on the best way to
get results. A talent contest works for either primary or secondary
schools, but the key to success is having witty comperes, with a
few jokes up their sleeve to fill a slot if acts suffer stage
fright. Involve the whole school - you never know, your PE teacher
might be a football freestyle whizz!
Agree dates for the main show and auditions. Give potential
performers as much time to enter and rehearse as possible.
Send a letter and registration form out to all pupils at least
six weeks before the event.
If providing refreshments and food, be realistic about what you
can offer (hot dogs are popular). Build this into your ticket
Check the capacity of your school hall (or intended venue) and
manage numbers by selling tickets in advance.
Aim for a team of about 15-20 volunteers to assist with
auditions and to help on the night. You will also need some
'personalities' to act as judges and comperes.
Establish what equipment you need - microphones, CD player,
lighting, amps, etc.
An event featuring live or recorded music NO LONGER requires a
licence, however if you plan to serve alcohol a TEN will be
required. Read our at-a-glance guide to event
Organise prizes for first, second and third places.
Allocate time slots of two minutes for each audition over a
couple of afternoons.
Specify that primary-aged children must be accompanied by an
adult. Have a few parents or teachers on hand to assist.
Agree rules, e.g. whether pupils can perform more than once, as
a solo act and again as part of a group.
Encourage teachers and parents to enter - if only to allow the
judges to 'buzz' them!
Alright on the night
After the auditions, establish a running order, varying the
acts. Send out invitations to performers, with instructions. This
should include their time slot, arrival time and where to get
Provide your PTA volunteers with a more detailed running order,
indicating what equipment (music stand, microphone, chair etc) is
needed for each act.
Have a contingency plan in place for any no-shows.
Charge an entry fee per adult - remember, the more acts you have
the more parents will attend. Get your performers to encourage
their friends to come along to show their support.
Sell programmes on the night, featuring profiles of your
Seek sponsorship from local businesses such as dance schools,
music shops, etc.
Run a raffle - ask local businesses for prize donations.
Create striking posters to promote the event on the school/PTA
Send letters home announcing the event, with a reply slip for
families to order tickets.
After the event
For more information
There are several issues to consider relating to insurance,
licences, etc. See our Event Planning Checklist for more
For our at-a-glance guide to Temporary Event Notices, click here
The above is intended as guidance only. We
recommend that you contact the relevant organisations with specific
reference to insurance, legal, health and safety and child
protection requirements. Community Inspired Ltd cannot be held
responsible for any decisions or actions taken by a PTA, based on
the guidance provided.
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