Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition

Young Talent Big Dreams is the most widespread, local free youth talent competition in Miami-Dade County.

By: Jun. 04, 2024
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Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre and The Children’s Trust have announced the 2024 winners of Young Talent Big Dreams, the most widespread, local FREE youth talent competition in Miami-Dade County. See photos from the show below.

Gerry Ibarra, a 16-year-old from Terra Environmental Research Institute, was crowned the Original Composition Winner and the Overall Grand Prize Champion for his exhilarating piano performance of his original piece entitled, "Rat Race." Ibarra received $500 in cash provided by Actors’ Playhouse, and four tickets to Universal Orlando along with a hotel stay for two nights courtesy of WSVN 7News.

A marathon of preliminary and semifinal competitions for student performers ages 8-18 culminated in the finals held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Miracle Theatre. Prizes ranged from cash awards, master classes with industry professionals and performance opportunities to performing arts scholarships sponsored by SouthState Bank, the Coral Gables Rotary Club and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.

Hundreds of hopeful contestants attended five preliminary auditions held over the past three months in distinct geographic neighborhoods including the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, the Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay and Sandrell Rivers Theater in Liberty City. Participation was free and was specifically for residents of Miami-Dade County. The competition featured a total of six individual categories: pop/rock/rap vocals, musical theatre/jazz standards/classical vocals, dance, musical instrument, original spoken word, and original vocal and/or instrumental composition. Group categories (six or fewer members) included dance, musical instrument/bands and vocal groups.

Semifinals and finals were held before live audiences; up to five acts in each individual category and up to three acts in each group category advanced to the finals, where judges selected a winner in each category as well as a grand prize honoree.

“Actors’ Playhouse is immensely proud of the role that we have played in nurturing young performers for over 35 years, including the past 14 years through the Young Talent Big Dreams competition,” said Barbara S. Stein, executive producing director of Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. “Supporting these exceptional performers is at the heart of our mission, and we could not do it without the unwavering support of The Children's Trust since the program's inception. It is exhilarating to watch these young talents shine!”

"We believe in investing in developing skills and talent in Miami-Dade County's youth, and Young Talent Big Dreams is one way we do so. Through various partnerships across the community, we are able to provide more opportunities for children to engage in the arts and create a community where creativity thrives," said James R. Haj, president and CEO of The Children's Trust.

Young Talent Big Dreams follows the popular TV talent show model; judges have included a host of industry professionals from the performing arts community. Judging the May 11 finals were David Arisco, artistic director, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre; Howard Cohen, breaking news reporter, the Miami Herald; Shamele Jenkins, artistic director of Lip, Tongue & Ear Poetry Productions and executive director/immediate past president of the Miami-Dade County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association; and Ruby Romero-Issaev, executive director/CEO of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida.



2024 YOUNG TALENT BIG DREAMS CONTEST WINNERS:

Original Composition and Overall Grand Prize Winner

Gerry Ibarra, 16, Terra Environmental Research Institute

Individual Dance Winner

Maribelle Juvier, 12, Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer

Individual Vocal – Broadway/Jazz/Classical Winner

Stephanie Aguiar, 16, Somerset Preparatory Academy

Individual Vocal – Pop/Rock/Rap Winner

Luna Meneses, 17, Doral Academy Preparatory High School

Individual Original Spoken Word Winner

Salandra Singleton, 17, Miami Norland Senior High School

Individual Musical Instrument Winner

Harmoni Warren, 16, Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts

Group Vocals Winner

MARIACHI

Dylan Bustos, 13, and Shantel Ruiz, 12, of Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer

Group Dance Winner

THE QUADRATIC FOUR

Tylah Dorsonne, 14; Shannon Millan, 13; Ariannah Wright, 15; and Azariah Wright, 13; all students at Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts.

Group Musical Instrument/Bands Winner

THE ATOMIC LOLLIPOPS

Atlas Alvarez, 18, Miami Southridge Senior High School; Nya Fabian, 16, Homestead Senior High School; Ray Garcia, 16, South Dade Senior High School; Natalia Gomez-Mieses, 16, Homestead Senior High School; Kevin Perez, 18, Homestead Senior High School; and Liz Ponce, 17, Dade Preparatory Academy.

For more information, visit www.actorsplayhouse.org. To learn more about The Children’s Trust, please visit www.TheChildrensTrust.org.

Photo Credit: MarkAJames Photography.

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
Gerry Ibarra

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
Harmoni Warren

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
Luna Meneses

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
Dylan Bustos and Shantel Ruiz

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
Maribelle Juvier

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
Salandra Singleton

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
Stephanie Aguiar

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
 Atlas Alvarez, Nya Fabian, Ray Garcia

Photos: Actors' Playhouse And The Children's Trust Announce Winners Of The 2024 Young Talent Big Dreams Competition
Tylah Dorsonne, Shannon Millan, Ariannah Wright; and Azariah Wright



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