WESTERLY — Got talent? Westerly’s WARM Center wants you!
Gearing up for the talent show portion of October’s Atlantic Avenue Revue — a major fundraiser for the 19-bed emergency shelter and soup kitchen — the talent search committee has scheduled two open audition times at the Westerly Armory: Sunday, June 1, from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Musicians, dancers, actors, jugglers...if you have talent we want you,” said Joy Cordio, WARM’s events and volunteer coordinator. “We’re looking for people who want to entertain. We want people to remember the night.”
The winner of the October talent show will win a cash prize of $500, said Cordio, and the second and third place winners will be offered live recording sessions.
“It’s a win, win situation,” said Ana Alosco of Westerly, a member of the planning committee who will also serve as a judge. “It’s a great opportunity for people who want to share their talent and it’s a great opportunity to bring the community together to support the WARM Center.”
Cordio said that three judges with choose a total of eight people — or acts — who will perform on Oct. 3 at the Windjammer in Misquamicut during the The Atlantic Avenue Revue which, in addition to the talent show, will feature casino games, auctions, and a dinner.
“I already know that we have Irish Step dancers auditioning,” said Cordio, “and a woman who plays the fiddle. We hope to get a good variety.”
“We’re really looking for good, pure entertainment,” said Alosco, “talented people who will have an impact on the audience. We want people to say ‘Wow, did you see that?’ or ‘Wow, did you hear that?’”
Cordio said that each year WARM holds a “WARM Heart Gala,” which serves as a major fundraiser for the non-profit which serves citizens of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. Last year’s event was held at the Haversham and drew a large, enthusiastic crowd. Funds from the gala go into the center’s general operating budget, said Cordio. The organization holds a number of fundraisers throughout the year to help support services and programs like Anita’s Kitchen and the Children’s Summer Lunch program. Anita’s Kitchen serves nearly 100 meals a day, according to Cordio, which added up to more than 36,000 last year.
WARM is the only provider of comprehensive shelter services for adults in the region and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The WARM Center provides food, shelter and clothing to more than 2,500 men, women and children throughout the year.
Cordio, who said a third open audition will be scheduled if necessary, encourages interested people to call her at 401-596-9276 to sign up or with questions.
“We’re really excited,” added Cordio, stressing that the auditions are open to amateurs and professionals alike.
“We’re not exclusive,” she said with a laugh. “If Taylor Swift wants to audition, she’s welcome to audition. Then she can perform.”