The Apollo’s Theater has made stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Lauryn Hill, BB King, MGK and countless others. Though the theater’s most successful decade was in the 1960’s, it was restored in the early 2000’s and still manages a staggering 1.3 million visitors every year. The theater was further immortalized with the television program Showtime at the Apollo, which had many famous guests and broadcasted live auditions. Amateur Night and the Executioner, who whisks away performers whom the crowd doesn’t respond to well, are cultural staples in Harlem, New York.
Unsigned singers, rappers, dancers, comedians and spoken word artists in DC will soon have an opportunity to make it to that illustrious stage. Scouts for the Apollo have been holding open casting calls all over the East Coast this fall. The final call will take place in the nation’s capital, on Saturday October 1st at the Howard University Cramton Auditorium, beginning at 10 AM. The first 250 people through the doors will have the opportunity to show off for those scouts.
The main prize at the end of the whole competition is $20,000 dollars. Adults will have 90 seconds to pitch their talent to the best of their abilities and children will be vying for a spot on the shows “Child Star of Tomorrow” segment. Other rules and regulations can be found Here. Remember: it is first come, first serve so arrive early for your chance to make entry into the history books!