- By Kevin D. Thompson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Do you juggle knives? Play a harp on one leg? Swim upside down?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, go to the Lake Worth Playhouse from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to audition for Lake Worth Has Talent III.
“We are looking this year for more diversity,” said Bob D’Arinzo, a broker associate with RE/MAX Prestige Realty who will be hosting the show with Mayor Pam Triolo. “We do have a majority of people who love to sing, but we’d rather have the show more like ‘America’s Got Talent’ than ‘The Voice.’ It makes it a lot more fun for the audience.”
The show, which benefits the Children Miracle Network, a nonprofit that raises money for children’s hospital and medical research, will be at the Playhouse at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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Last year 64 acts auditioned, D’Arinzo said. Out of those, 18 were selected. This year, he added, they will pick 16 to 18 acts, and close to 100 people are expected to apply.
“The word is out,” he said. “It’s a popular show, has a lot of community involvement and is so well known.”
D’Arinzo said it costs about $5,000 to put on the show. The money comes from various sponsors, mostly mortgage lenders and people in real estate, he said.
This year, both first- place winners 16 and under and 16 and older get $1,000. Second place is $500 both for 16 and under and 16 and older, and there’s one third-place, audience-choice winner for $250.
“We changed it this year because last year we got a lot of pushback from the public,” D’Arinzon said. “They felt that a lot of the adult acts weren’t treated as much as the kids, who were so cute.”
Also, look for three celebrity judges: Kathleen Klein, a dance teacher for more than 35 years; Harry Murphy, as associate professor of drama at Lynn University in Boca Raton; and Jill Switzer, a co-host of “The Morning Lounge with Jill and Rich” on Legends 100.3 FM.
“They’ll all add their opinions to the show instead of just having some Joe Schmo off the street. We have professionals in their field looking at the performers,” D’Arinzo said.
Last year the show raised $9,000 – about $1,000 shy of the $10,000 goal, D’Arinzo said.
“We’re going to beat that goal this year,” he said. “We just want something unique and different.”