Talent contest joins summer OAT line up

Scarborough Open Air Theatre pictured playing host to the Olympic flame journey.
Scarborough Open Air Theatre pictured playing host to the Olympic flame journey.

A Scarborough’s Got Talent competition is to be staged at the Open Air Theatre throughout the summer.

The competition – open to all singers, bands and performers – will feature in Gary T Davies’ Family Funtime show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the theatre, as part of free summer entertainment at the venue which starts on Monday.

The “heats” take place on Tuesdays, with up to nine slots available to contestants during the two-hour show.

The overall winner gets their own guest spot in Wednesday’s Family Funtime show, on the same bill as girl duo, Distracted, who performed in the theatre for the Olympic Torch celebration last month; and the Hatton School of Performing Arts who will also be accompanying Gary throughout the summer run.

Mr Davies said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for vocalists, bands and other performers to come down to the theatre and get some experience on the big stage.

“They can come down on the day with their backing CD or instruments, fill in a form and, if picked, be on the stage that afternoon competing against other acts for a place in the Wednesday show.”

In what is being billed as family-orientated music and variety, singer James Aconley and Friends will perform twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from this Monday until August 30, with Gary taking the limelight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All the shows will begin at 2pm and no admission will be charged.

Mr Aconley, who has sung in theatres across the region and has his own cabaret show which he performs in hotels and restaurants, will be singing, along with his cast, songs from Glee, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Michael Buble, Take That, One Direction and Olly Murs, with numbers from British pop legends and children’s music also included. The show will feature a selection from community and youth groups and will be backed up by dancers from the Scarborough Dance Centre.

Mr Davies, whose routine is set to include comedy, song and impressions inspired by the likes of The Mask, Bob The Builder, Shrek, The Blues Brothers and Jedward, has perfected his act in holiday centres and other venues around the UK and has appeared on TV on several shows inluding ITV’s Classy Acts and Sky’s The All New Variety Show.

He is known for his quick costumes changes and family audience participation and Gary says he is looking forward to bringing that to the Open Air Theatre this summer.

Scarborough Council strategic director David Archer, said: “It will be fantastic to see the theatre in use during the daytime. It’s also a great opportunity for local singers and dancers to get involved and enjoy some big-stage experience that could open other doors for them in the future.

“It gives holidaymakers yet another reason to visit Scarborough and will provide a boost to the town’s summertime economy.”