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Chance to impress for aspiring performers

Talent for young perfomer awards

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 10:09 12/10/2012
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Invercargill's Ben Crossley-Pritchard, 15, Monique Erkes, 15 and Rebecca Axtens, 17, who will on stage at the ILT National Young Performer Awards, starting tomorrow.

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For some it is the pinnacle of their artistic endeavours; for others it is a catalyst that launches a career.

Any way you look at it The ILT National Young Performer Awards are one of the largest events for youth aged 15 to 24 to take part in, and it is happening in Invercargill this weekend.

Planning has been going on for more than six months for an event offering prizemoney of $40,000 and featuring ballet, tap dance, vocals and piano, organiser Nikki Cunningham says.

The Performing Arts Competition Association of NZ Inc - the parent organisation of 52 smaller competition societies - alternates the art forms each year.

Next year the awards will feature speech and drama, and instrumental performances, alongside modern and Highland dancing.

Ms Cunningham encourages the community to come out and support the 126 artists from around New Zealand who are taking part in the two-day event on the Centre Stage and Civic Theatre stages.

Performances start at 9am tomorrow at the Civic Theatre and at 9.30am at the Centre Stage Theatre.

The weekend finishes with the Sunday evening final concert at the Civic Theatre, starting at 7pm. Day, season and concert tickets are available at the ICC booking office.

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