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The Herberger Theater (HTC) is accepting registrations for the 17th Annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition on Saturday, April 2, 2016. This scholarship competition showcases the diverse talent of young Arizona performance artists (ages 15-19), and introduces them to the audition process with arts professionals. Applicants may enter in one or more of the three disciplines – Acting, Dance and Voice. The winner of each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education in the arts.

Photo by Courtney Sargent.

Herberger Theater Center. Photo by Courtney Sargent.

Since its inception, the Arizona Young Artists’ Competition has placed the spotlight on the acting, dance and vocal achievements of more than 1,500 Arizona students and awarded nearly $65,000 in scholarship monies.

Early bird registration is $25 per discipline if received by midnight on March 4, 2016. Registration is $35 if received March 5 through the deadline of midnight on March 20, 2016. The registration form is available at http://herbergertheater.org/young_artist_competition. For more information, contact Mary Robinson at 602-254-7399, Ext. 104.

Applicants will be contacted the week of March 21 to audition for a panel of judges on Monday, March 28 (Dance), Tuesday, March 29 (Voice), Wednesday, March 30 (Acting). The top four finalists in each discipline will be selected to participate in the Finals on Saturday, April 2 at 7:00pm in front of a live audience at the Herberger Theater.

Tickets to attend the Finals are $10 for adults and $5 for students (with id). The audience is encouraged to participate in the “People’s Choice” vote for their favorite competitors. A People’s Choice winner in each discipline will receive $100. Park for $6 at the Arizona Center. Purchase validation online with tickets or at the Herberger Theater Box Office before the Finals event. For more information, visit  http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/arizona-young-artists-competition/.

This year’s competition is sponsored by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Apatrou Photography, Dick and Peggy Bowers, Larson Associates Architects and SRP.