Fruehlings Quest to showcase local talent

Sophie Smith - 11 year-old international award-winning ballerina from Buderim
Sophie Smith – 11 year-old international award-winning ballerina from Buderim

The largest ever search for young local talent on the Sunshine Coast is on, set to take the stage on Saturday 10 August 2013 to showcase the high standard of budding musicians, performers, dancers and singers residing on the Coast.
The talent quest, called FruehlingsQuest, is part of the annual Fruehlingsfest festival and offers major cash prizes for youth aged 5-12 years and 13-18 years across all areas of performing arts, as individuals or groups.
FruehlingsQuest organiser, Ms Kim Sly, said the talent quest is open to anyone from the Sunshine Coast or surrounds, and has already attracted registrations from an elite field of local performers.
“We have award-winning ballerinas, superb singers and musicians destined to ‘go big’,” Ms Sly said.
“The Sunshine Coast is home to so many talented youth, we are excited to be able to offer cash prizes and a stage on which to perform in front of an appreciative and enthusiastic audience,” she said.
The FruehlingsQuest search for talent is an initiative of Immanuel Lutheran College in response to large numbers of students excelling in performing arts from within the College and wider community.
School Principal, Mr David Bliss, said the event sends an important message to youth about setting goals, working hard and not being afraid to express yourself.
“As educators, parents and community members we need to help youth achieve confidence and success across a broad spectrum of areas, including artistic expression and public performance,” Mr Bliss said.
“Education is not just about desks and textbooks; it is about identifying individual strengths and encouraging our youth to showcase their talents in a supportive forum,” he said.
“As a teacher and a Principal I am fortunate to witness the incredible talents of students every day. FruehlingsQuest gives the Sunshine Coast community an opportunity to do the same.
“I encourage anyone who loves to sing, dance, play music or perform to enter. We want to give talented young locals a confidence boost and financial reward to potentially make a real difference in their life and career aspirations,” Mr Bliss said.
Prizes are up for grabs in both categories, with the first-place winners collecting $400 each and the runners-up receiving $250 each.
FruehlingsQuest registrations close on 30 June 2013. Enter online at Heats will be held in July, with finals staged on Saturday 10 August 2013 at the Fruehlingsfest spring fair, Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim.