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Circle of Lights Auditions

The Circle of Lights® Talent Search Auditions

Downtown Indy, Quality Connection, IBEW #481 and RTV6 are seeking entertainers to perform at the 52nd annual holiday lighting ceremony on Monument Circle.

Your chance to sing on the same stage as hometown sensation Josh Kaufman

Lights, camera… perform! Downtown Indy and the contractors of Quality Connection and the electrical workers of IBEW #481 announce that it is time for Indy’s own renowned holiday auditions. Calling all entertainers, singers, musicians, dancers, choral groups and more – you’re invited to audition to perform at the 52nd annual Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481, which takes place on Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis on Friday, Nov. 28.

Entertainers chosen from statewide auditions will share the stage with 2014 winner of The Voice, Indy’s own Josh Kaufman, along with professional performers appearing at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration.

Auditions will be recorded and made into an RTV-6 Circle of Lights® audition special, The Circle of Lights® Talent Search, a show that will take viewers behind the scenes as hundreds of Hoosier singers, dancers and entertainers vie for a spot in the beloved Circle of Lights show.  The one-hour Circle of Lights® Talent Search will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 25 on RTV-6 and Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27. This is in addition to RTV-6’s live coverage of the Circle of Lights® Friday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

Selected finalists from first auditions will be called back for a final audition. With more than 100 acts auditioning each year, a second audition allows judges to focus on the top acts and then select the finalists.

First round auditions will take place as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. – noon
Electrical Training Institute, 1751 S. Lawndale Ave.
(Take the Sam Jones Expressway to Lynhurst.  North on Lynhurst to Minnesota.  West on Minnesota to Lawndale.  Left on S. Lawndale just before the I-465 overpass).

Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4 – 8 p.m.
IBEW 481, 1828 N. Meridian St.

A final invitation-only audition will take place for selected finalists in mid-October.  Acts are encouraged to have a second number prepared should they be invited to call-backs.

Singers are strongly advised NOT to perform a cappella!

There is no need to pre-register for auditions.  Performers will audition in the order in which they arrive. Please allow several hours for the audition process on both Oct. 4 & 7.

Performers should prepare a number/act using the following specifications:

  • Auditions should not exceed two minutes. This time limit will be strictly enforced at auditions.  Acts chosen for the show will have approximately 3 – 3½ minutes to perform but for the sake of time, we must limit auditions.
  • A holiday theme is required (upbeat preferred.)
  • A cappella acts are rarely chosen to advance. Please bring recorded musical tracks formatted to CD. A keyboard and microphones will also be provided. (Please provide your own keyboardist.)
  • Stage dimensions are 24’ x 16’.
  • Solo and group acts welcome. For groups exceeding 25 performers, please contact us ahead of time due to possible space limitations.

Selected groups must commit to two evening rehearsal dates prior to the event and from 2:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the day of the event.  Call 317.237.2317 or email vanessa@indydt.com with auditions questions.


COMING SOON: Don’t forget that all kids age 12 and younger have the chance to “Flip the Switch” on stage Nov. 28 via the Circle of Lights Coloring Contest. Watch/Listen for details in late October!


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