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The 16th Annual Festival of Talent

Attention all students, parents, teachers and staff
in the Ventura Unified School District:

Ventura Education Partnership and Ventura Kiwanis will be holding auditions for the 16th Annual Festival of Talent: Rock the World, in the Ventura High School Auditorium on Friday January 13th, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday January 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Those auditioning will be seen on a first come first serve basis. Final sign up time to audition is 30 minutes prior to the scheduled end time. 

Festival of Talent is a benefit show in which hundreds of individuals volunteer their time and talent to raise funds for Ventura Education Partnership which awards grants to VUSD schools. Since its inception 15 years ago Ventura Education Partnership has raised more than $500,000 through Festival of Talent. These small grants, known as VEPGrants, have enabled over 500 teachers to provide extra enrichment activities, to acquire new technology or to undertake a new project with their students. Every student who graduates from Ventura Unified has been touched by a VEPGrant, often in ways that elevate and enrich their experience in meaningful ways.  




This year the theme is “ROCK THE WORLD.” We are looking for acts that celebrate our community’s diversity, as well as our strength and unity.  We strongly encourage you to use this idea as an inspiration in creating your own message or vision in your performance. 


Variety acts that include singers, dancers, acrobats, specialty acts, musicians, group acts, bands and choirs. All acts should audition with material they plan on doing for the show and adhere to a 2-minute time limit. An accompanist and CD/iPod player and 2 vocal microphones will be provided. 


The Festival is open to all parents, students past and present, and staff of VUSD. Group acts with VUSD members may include non-VUSD members.   


Singers: Please bring sheet music in the correct key or a CD/MP3 karaoke track without vocals. 2 Mics will be provided for vocals.
Dancers: Please bring CD/MP3 with music. 
Acoustic Musical Groups: Please make sure that your entire group can attend the audition. Mics will be provided if needed.
Electronic Acoustic Bands: Please submit a video audition. (instructions here)
ChoirsNEW this year, all choirs are welcome to audition by submitting a video. (instructions here

  DOs and DON'Ts: 


DON'T bring Karaoke tracks which require access to the internet as the wireless access in the theatre can be problematic.
DON'T choose material that is out of your range or difficult for you to execute. 
DO choose material that you can perform with confidence and ease.  
DO prepare for your audition. This means that you have rehearsed your act, know your lyrics and can present it with confidence. 
DON'T show up with members of your group act missing. 



Acts are judged by a panel of individuals which include FOT Director and Rubicon Associate Artistic Director Brian McDonald, FOT Musical Director and Concert Pianist Miriam Arichea, Kiwanis Member and FOT Producer Bartley Bleuel, VUSD Board Member and VEP President Sabrena Rodriguez, and VUSD Superintendent Michael Babb.

Each act is scored on preparedness, execution, uniqueness, selection of material and overall talent. Scores are then tallied up and evaluated in a round-table meeting with the judges and final decisions are made.  

The goal of the panel is to find ways to include as many students as possible.  Often, this means combining performers and making adjustments to material. For example, a dancer may be paired with a singer, solos acts may be asked to perform in a group, etc. 

It usually takes about 5 business days before results are finalized and performers are contacted. 

All those participating in the show each receive a complementary ticket to the performance. These seats are located in designated areas specifically for performers. Any performer wishing to watch the show from a seat outside of the performer section is required to purchase a ticket in advance.


Please submit your questions via email to FOTQuestions@gmail.com.


30-minutes prior to the actual performance, the festival features “warm-up acts” to entertain audience members as they arrive. These pre-show acts are chosen from those who audition for the festival or are personally invited to participate.  


Opening Act - VUSD Staff

Each year the opening act features VUSD faculty and staff. There is no experience necessary, just a willingness to participate and have fun. This year we will open our show with a Gloria Estefan Mash-up. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Kristie Wallace at Kristie.Wallace@venturausd.org

There are 4 scheduled rehearsals specifically for the Staff Opening Number:
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Buena High School from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   

Saturday February 18, 2017 at VHS Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Thursday February 23, 2017 at VHS Auditorium Tech Rehearsal from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday February 25, 2017 at VHS Auditorium Final Dress Rehearsal 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Rehearsal Schedule - MANDATORY

Rehearsals are mandatory for all participants and will be as follows: 

Saturday February 18, 2017 Act 1 

rehearsal by appointment between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Saturday February 18, 2017 Act 2 

rehearsal by appointment between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

Thursday February 23, 2017 Act 1 Tech Rehearsal 

by appointment between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. 

Friday February 24, 2017 Act 2 Tech Rehearsal

by appointment between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. 

Saturday February 25, 2017 FULL COMPANY 

Final Dress Rehearsal 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The show will take place on February 25, 2017 with preshow performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7:00 p.m. 

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