Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Audition For San Bernardino's Got Talent

Young people who can sing, dance or play a musical instrument are encouraged to audition for San Bernardino's Got Talent, taking place as part of the city's Bicentennial Celebration. Photo by Yeekong Yang.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (April 14, 2010) - Talented young San Bernardino residents ages 5-25 are invited to audition for San Bernardino’s Got Talent, a variety show honoring San Bernardino’s Bicentennial.

The Bicentennial Celebration Committee will award monetary prizes in this talent show. Age category 18 – 25 years will be awarded three prizes: First place wins $1,000, second place wins $500 and third place wins $300. The Bicentennial Celebration Committee will award one first place prize of $300 for  ages 14 – 17 and one first place prize of $200 for  ages 5 – 13 years,

“We are looking for a variety of talent acts,” said Charmaine Murphy, organizer of San Bernardino’s Got Talent. “They can focus on any theme suitable for a family audience.”

“The motto of the Bicentennial Celebration is ‘San Bernardino: A Rich History. A Bright Future’,” she said. “San Bernardino’s Got Talent focuses on the future, and the wealth of entertaining talent our youngest residents will bring to that future.”

Auditions take place at the Norman F. Feldheym Library, 555 W. Sixth Street, San Bernardino, on Saturday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Monday, April 26 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The show itself takes place Saturday, June 19 at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts located at 780 North “E” Street in San Bernardino. Admission is free.

Entrants are encouraged to register before the auditions. An application is available on the Bicentennial Celebration’s website, Entrants may also register during the auditions.

Categories include Male or Female Vocalists: and Band/Group Performers; all types of Dancing ; Spoken Word, Poetry, Rap Music and Comedy; Inspirational  Music and Instrumentalists (must supply own instrument.)

For more information and complete rules, visit and click on San Bernardino’s Got Talent.

Other upcoming Bicentennial Celebration Events:

On May 1, the San Bernardino Symphony will perform a “Celebrate America” concert at the California Theatre of Performing Arts in honor of the city’s birthday as well as the centennial of the Community Hospital of San Bernardino.

More music will be performed May 7 and 8 with an adaptation of Mozart’s opera “Cossi Fan Tutte” at the University’s P.A. Recital Hall.

May 8 and 9, the celebration debuts Railroad Days at the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum at the historic Depot.  The historic Santa Fe # 3751 steam locomotive will be brought to San Bernardino for this event.

May 15th current and former residents join together at an elegant gala at the National Orange Show Events Center, with the 16th capped by a Bicentennial Mayor’s Run and Youth Safety Expo at Arrowhead Credit Union Park and a Festival of Faiths at the Western Region Little League Stadium.

There will be a Centennial Monument rededication as well as a Bicentennial Monument dedication on May 20 at Inland Center Drive and “I” Street with a reception to follow at the California Welcome Center – San Bernardino.

The Bicentennial festivities continue on July 4th at the 66ers Stadium in the Arrowhead Credit Union Park, the 4th of July Extravaganza with a fireworks display unlike any the city has previously seen.

The Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous, the Western Regional Little League Tournament and other events taking place in the latter part of 2010 will also feature a tie-in to San Bernardino’s Bicentennial, keeping the celebration alive throughout the year.

Rabbi Hillel Cohn is the chairman of the Bicentennial Celebration Committee, and Erin Brinker is the chair of its Public Relations & Marketing and Independence Day Extravaganza committees. Other Bicentennial Celebration Committee members are Jim Smith (chair of the Community Engagement committee), Cheryl Brown (chair of the Youth Council, Intergovernmental and Arts committees), Beverly Bird (chair of the Legend of the Arrowhead committee), Steven Shaw (chair of the History committee), David Smith (chair of the Finance committee), Jane Sneddon (chair of the Parade committee), Martha Pinckney (chair of the Gala committee.) and John Valdivia. The mayor and members of the San Bernardino Common Council appointed these members.

Additional community volunteers who have taken on leadership of other committees are: Rev. Malleis-Sternberg (Festival of Faiths), Edward Martinez (Leadership Cabinet), Peggi Hazlett (Mayor’s Run), Dr. Charles “Skip” Herbert (Coloring Books for Schools), Karen Blanco (Media) and The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire (Design).

For additional details, contact Erin Brinker at (951) 323-9337 or go to