By Eloise Horsfield
THE Olive Press is helping to launch an exciting new talent contest, giving readers the chance to win a 500 euro cash prize.
Singers, dancers, actors and comedians – or anyone else for that matter – are all welcome to enter the Search for a Star competition, organised by the Marbella Stage School.
Performing for a professional panel, including original Doctor Who writer Roger Cook, the winners will be chosen to appear on Marbella’s grandest stage.
“Soloists, duets, trios or groups – adults and children alike – the competition is for anyone with talent,” explained Marbella Stage School director Jayne Melville, a former jazz dancer and actress, who previously worked with Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.
“We are leaving it completely open because we want to raise as much money as possible.”
Entrants can download an entry on the school’s website, with 100 per cent of their 10 euro fee going straight to Benalmadena-based cancer hospice Cudeca.
Contestants will be judged in heats at various venues in Marbella, and possibly Gibraltar if there are enough entries from the Rock.
“We know there are plenty of great talents in Gibraltar, including dance troupes, as my pupils competed with them in Prague in 2008,” continued Jayne, who set up Marbella Stage School 20 years ago.
The best entries will be chosen to take part in a grand final as part of the Marbella Hot Talent Show at the grand Teatro Ciudad on Sunday June 17 – with the audience voting for their favourite and the winner awarded 500 euros in cash.
The Olive Press is sponsoring the awards and donating half the prize money alongside Heritage Resorts.
“We’re delighted to be championing talent of all ages around Andalucia and Gibraltar,” said Olive Press publisher Jon Clarke.
“It’ll be wonderful to see what talent emerges and hopefully to raise plenty of money for Cudeca.”
The Cudeca charity is close to the heart of Jayne, who lost her brother aged just 60 to cancer five years ago.
“It’s so shocking how quickly things can change. Cancer just takes over,” she said.
“The last weeks of life are so important, and what they do at Cudeca with hardly any income is so incredible.”
Make your entry via the website www.marbellastageschool.com