The Great Alaska Talent Competition is a family friendly event. The preliminary rounds are scheduled by division and will take place on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 at the Hard Rock Cafe, 415 E Street, Anchorage, AK 99501. The final competition will be Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4:00pm in the Discovery Theatre of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets to the final show will be available for purchase through CenterTix and at the door.
Registration fees for Division I, Division II, and Division III are $50 per individual entry or $55 at the door. Individuals may enter only once unless also participating in Division IV - Groups. Registration Fees for Division IV - Groups is $50 or $55 at the door for the first individual and $10 each of the next 11 additional people; with a cap total of $150. Registration is not complete without full payment of entry fees.
PRE-REGISTRATION SHOULD BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19. Registration after February 19 is accepted but is $5 more per registration. GATC event organizers reserve the right to alter any division as deemed necessary based on the number of entries received. There are no refunds for cancellation, disqualification, or no-show.
There are four divisions of competition:
- Division I Age 6 - 12
- Division II Age 13 -18
- Division III Age 19 & Up
- Division IV Groups
There are four competition time slots:
- Friday, February 23 5:30 pm
- Friday, February 23 7:30 pm
- Saturday, February 24 11:30 am - currently not available
- Saturday, February 24 2:30 pm
Contestants may choose the time slot that best fits their schedule. All contestants must be checked in and ready before scheduled start time.
The acts moving on to the final round will be notified after all the preliminary competitions are completed, during the week of March 1, 2018. The number of acts moving on to the final round is determined by the number of entrants in each division. Finalists are selected through a combination of scores, judges and production team input.
The final competition will be Sunday, March 4, 2018. Semi-finalists must participate in the final competition dress rehearsal in the morning of Sunday, March 4, 2018. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
Each contestant or group will perform a talent of their choice showcasing unique forms of acting, singing, dancing, drumming, martial arts, playing an instrument, or any talent that can be presented on stage.
The physical enhancement of the act, such as body movement, dressing/costuming and acting the part; in essence, selling the act is highly recommended. Also taken into consideration are timing, difficulty, proficiency and overall performance.
No explicit content/lyrics, costumes, etc. are allowed. All contestants must present themselves in a professional manner, and must present a reasonable talent. No animals, hypnosis, weaponry, motorized vehicles, fire, water, sharp objects, or any other dangerous acts or items will be permitted.
Performance length may not exceed 2 minutes. Performance length may be 2 minutes or less. Performances are timed and will be terminated at the 2 minute mark.
Since there are separate judging panels for preliminary and final competitions, it is strongly recommended that finalist perform the same competition piece for both preliminary and final competitions.
Props should be limited to those absolutely essential to the delivery of the talent performance. Any props are the responsibility of the contestant. Contestants must be able to carry any props on and off the stage without the assistance of another person. No other person can be used as a performance prop, unless part of the group division. Set-up and tear-down time is limited to 2 minutes. GATC is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Contestants may be accompanied by an addtional individual. However, only the performace of the contestant will be taken into consideration when scoring.
Contestants are responsible for their own instrumental accompaniment, tracks, etc. for the talent they will be performing, or they may perform unaided. Instrumental tracks must be submitted on standard finalized audio CD. The GATC does not guarantee that any CD provided by a contestant will play on the GATC equipment during the competition. CDs will be available for pickup after each division. GATC is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. The only sound equipment provided by the GATC will be microphones, monitors, and main PA. Any equipment such as instruments, amplifiers, etc., is the responsibility of the participants. Contestants may be accompanied by an addtional individual. However, only the performace of the contestant will be taken into consideration when scoring.
Contestants will conduct themselves with professionalism and sportsmanship at all times.All contestants must stay within designated areas.
No food, candy, beverages, or gum are permitted in the Discovery theatre of Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Breath mints, throat lozenges are acceptable.
Contestants must arrive prepared with all competition clothes, costumes, accompaniment CD, shoes, etc. Once competition begins, all contestants will remain in the theater until the end of the division. This is not an option. Contestants not present at the end of the division will forfeit any potential ranking.
If a contestant’s conduct is deemed unsatisfactory by a member of the GATC Event Staff, the following procedure is followed:
- A warning will be issued.
- If the condition causing the warning is corrected, no further action will be taken.
- If the condition is not corrected, GATC Event Staff will review the particulars regarding the infraction and further action would be the result of their decision.
- All decisions are final.
Any contestant that is uncooperative, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, uses profanity, or displays any actions perceived unacceptable by the GATC Event Staff, or the competition judges, will be disqualified from the competition and removed from the venue. No refunds will be provided for disqualification. Each contestant is required to cooperate and follow the direction of the Producer, Master of Ceremonies, and the GATC Event Staff.
Winners will be selected by a panel of qualified judges. Because Anchorage is a relatively small community, there is a possibility the judges may know or may have taught some of the contestants. Also, sponsors, staff, volunteers, or directors may have family members or students participating in the competion. Contestants related to sponsors, staff, volunteers, or directors may participate in the preliminary competition in order to gain stage experience and judge's feedback, however they may not advance to the final round.
All judging will be done strictly on merit based on the following criteria:
- TALENT/TECHNICAL ABILITY/PITCH/INTONATION: 50% on a scale of 1-10
- AUDIENCE REACTION/SHOWMANSHIP/ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 25% on a scale of 1-10
- STAGE COSTUMING/APPEARANCE/OVERALL: 25% on a scale of 1-10
The physical enhancement of the act, such as body movement, dressing/costuming and acting the part; in essence, selling the act will be taken into consideration. The entertainment industry is always looking for that special charisma most top entertainers have, even if they are not technically correct or perfect in their delivery. Thus, the breakdown in our scoring is to reward the contestants who are technically good but also to reward contestants for their entertainment value! Also taken into consideration are timing, difficulty, proficiency and overall performance.
The high and low judges' scores are eliminated and the remaining scores are combined together to determine the contestant's score. The highest scores in each division will determine the first, second and third place semi-finalists. Tie scores will be reviewed and final placement determined by comparing the TALENT/TECHNICAL ABILITY/PITCH/INTONATION score, followed by the AUDIENCE REACTION/SHOWMANSHIP/ENTERTAINMENT VALUE score. Semi-finalists from each division will compete against each other in the final competition. Semi-final scores will not be carried over to the final night of competition. Scoring criteria remains the same on the final night of competition. The highest overall score will determine the winner. The judges' decisions are final.
All contestants and/or parents/guardians of minor contestants must sign an Indemnification/Hold Harmless Agreement prior to competition. Indemnification/Hold Harmless Agreement forms will be available at check-in. The Indemnification/Hold Harmless Agreement reads as follows:
I agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the The Hard Rock Cafe, Miss Alaska Scholarship Foundation, Inc., Laura Model and Talent Agency, Greater Anchorage, Inc., Fur Rendezvous, The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, the Great Alaskan Talent Competition (GATC), and their staff, employees,volunteers, sponsors, judges, individual members and Directors against any and all claims arising out of, or resulting from my or my child(ren)'s participation in the GATC.
In addition, I hereby certify that I have read and agree to follow the rules, conduct and understand and agree to abide by and respect the judges' rulings and decisions as final.
In consideration for being accepted as a contestant in The Great Alaska Talent Competition, I, a contestant and/or a parent/guardian of the minor contestant, individually named below, do hereby release The Hard Rock Cafe, Miss Alaska Scholarship Foundation, Inc., Laura Model and Talent Agency, Greater Anchorage, Inc., Fur Rendezvous, The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, the Great Alaskan Talent Competition, and their directors, staff, sponsors, employees, judges and volunteers from any and all claims for damages directly or indirectly resulting from contestant participating in the competition including, but not limited to, any personal injury or death resulting from any participation in any talent competition related activities and for any claims of misrepresentation or breach of contract. I hereby acknowledge that I have received and read the rules of the competition and enter the competition willing to comply with the rules.
I HEREBY CONSENT to the use, publication and display, by or on behalf of The Great Alaska Talent Competition (GATC), any photograph, video or digital image and any reproduction thereof in which I may be portrayed or identified. It is understood that GATC may use, publish, broadcast and display such photographs, videos, digital images or reproductions thereof, in whole or in part, for any business purpose in their sole discretion, including media coverage of GATC programs and activities. I waive all claims for any compensation for such use.
If the contestant is under 18 years of age, a signature of a parent or legal guardian is required.