North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is a Plano-based nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the talents and character of local youth through quality performing arts education. Remember Plano Children’s Theatre? That was the previous name of the organization which now has theaters in multiple North Texas cities, as well as an Academy Conservatory.
Each year, NTPA provides opportunities to more than 7,000 youth ages three to 18 years old, and this year, it could be expanding its reach even further. Making the best of the current situation, the organization will be hosting a virtual talent competition open to the public called “North Texas’s Got Talent.”
There will be four regional competitions in Dallas, Plano, Fairview and Frisco as well as a global competition. Each city’s competition will have five different age divisions. Talents to submit may include vocal singing, instrumental, musical theater, dance or dramatic performance. All entries, including music, lyrics, and costumes, must be age appropriate and family friendly.
How to Enter
Submit your entry to the online talent competition for a small fee, and have the chance to win cash prizes and NTPA scholarships. The entry fee for children is $20, and entry is free to any adult, ages 18 and older. Round One submissions are due by midnight on Sunday, April 5.
If you’d like to watch the competition, tickets will be available for online audiences. To watch one of the rounds, a ticket costs $10. You can watch all rounds of the competition for $20 per household.
This competition was launched as part of NTPA’s “Together We Can Beat This” campaign, an effort to keep performing arts lovers engaged and productive while theaters and studios are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ticket sales and tuition sources constitute the majority of our income,” shared NTPA CEO Darrell Rodenbaugh, “As a small nonprofit, we don’t have the capacity to set aside the kind of reserves to take on this sort of challenge.”
In addition to the competition, NTPA is launching a series of online learning programs and private tutoring to continue engaging its 7,000 students across North Texas. This week more than 20 additional classes will be added to its online academy, including drama and acting, Shakespeare, instrumental instruction, dance, College Prep and more.
Both the exciting competition and online classes at NTPA are a sign of resilience in the midst of difficult times. “We’ve been through some difficult times in the 30 years since this theatre was created,” said founder Sara Akers. “But we always found a way for our students to take the stage and have their voices heard.”
Find more information on how to submit your entry or purchase a ticket at the website below.North Texas's Got Talent Competition >