This Valley-wide talent competition is the perfect opportunity to showcase your talent! If you sing, dance, play an instrument, juggle, do magic, comedy, or another self-contained novelty act, here's your chance to perform at the McCallum.

Finalists will appear on stage at McCallum Theatre in four performances. At the 7pm performance on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 and the 2pm performance on Saturday, April 18, the audience will participate by voting. Audience votes will carry the weight of one judge’s vote in the final performance at 7PM on Saturday, April 18, where winners will be announced.

Cash Prizes:

  • The Helen Turner Grand Prize Award - $2,500
  • 2nd Place Award - $750
  • Audience Choice Award - $750
  • Talent Achievement Awards (Vocal/Dance/Instrumental/Specialty) - $500
Finalist stipends:
  • Solo - $100
  • Duet - $200
  • Small Group - $300
  • Ensemble - $500

How to Enter

Deadline for receipt of entries is January 5, 2015. Entries should be sent to:

Joanna Fookes
Production Manager
McCallum Theatre Institute
73000 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • • There is no cost to enter Open Call.
  • • Complete and submit one application form per entry.
  • • A maximum of (2) entries are allowed per performance group or individual.
  • • Submit your performance piece(s) on DVD or CD.
  • • Submitted DVD/CD should include only your entries.
  • • All materials must be clearly labeled with the performer's name and title of performance piece.
  • • Maximum length of performance piece - (5) minutes
  • • No off color language allowed.
  • • Once your entry is received it will be reviewed by a screening panel.
  • • Approximately (70) entries will be selected for live auditions.
  • • If your entry is selected you will be contacted no later than January 19, 2015.
  • • Participants selected for live auditions will perform live before an audition panel.
  • • Finalists will perform for a live audience at McCallum Theatre in four performances on Thursday, April 16, Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Who Can Enter

  • • All performers must be at least (8) years of age.
  • • All performers must reside within a 45 mile radius of McCallum Theatre.
  • • All performers must be non-professionals, i.e. you may not generate fifty percent (50%) or more of your wages from performing.
  • • All performers must commit to the entire rehersal / performance schedule.

Performance Requirements

  • • Performances must be totally self-contained.
  • • A piano, microphone, and sound system will be provided by McCallum Theatre.
  • • Props are permissible, however the placement of the props must not interfere with the flow of the performance. All props must clear the stage immediately following the performance. No littering of the stage is allowed.
Note: Open Call 2015 rehearsals are scheduled on a Jewish holiday.

Deadline for entries:
January 5, 2015

Live auditions:

January 21 & 22, 2015, 5pm-9pm

Mandatory rehearsals:
April 10, 2015, 5pm-9pm
April 11, 2015, 9am-5pm
April 12, 2015, 12pm-9pm
April 13, 2015, 4pm-9pm
April 14, 2015, 5pm-9pm
April 15, 2015, 3pm-9pm

April 16, 2015, 7pm
April 17, 2015, 7pm
April 18, 2015, 2pm & 7pm

View Open Call 2015 Finalists
View Open Call 2014 Performance - Act 1
View Open Call 2014 Performance - Act 2

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Judi Cohen at

Grand Prize Award
Gerald Colucci
Vocalist, "Mamma" by Cesare Andrea & Bixio Cherubino

Second Place Award
Arnel Fernandez, Magician

Audience Favorite Award
Gerald Colucci
Vocalist, "Mamma" by Cesare Andrea & Bixio Cherubino

Talent Achievement Awards
Vocal: Sarika Andavolu
Dance: Xavier Dance Academy
Instrumental: Aaron Rubio
Specialty: Ka Pā Hula I Mānā

All finalists received Finalist Stipend Awards.

Sincere thanks to our sponsors and audience members for the support of our local talent.

Open Call 2014 Slideshow
Open Call 2013 Slideshow

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Production Manager
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