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'Special Needs Got Talent' Competition to Be Held on Long Island

'Special Needs Got Talent' Competition to Be Held on Long Island

The first Long Island “Special Needs Got Talent” competition will be held in the style of the X-Factor and American Idol on Feb. 4 in East Islip.

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), in partnership with the BroadHollow Theatre, will be putting on the competition to show the world that "being differently-abled does not mean you are not able," according to a press release.

FREE was founded in 1977 and proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, and traumatic brain injuries.

What contestants need to know:

  • The first round of auditions will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 22 from 6pm to 10pm. 
  • Applicants are asked to contact Jessica Gallone at 516-870-1600 (x1815) to register for an audition time.
  • Contestants will audition in four different age groups, 7-9, 10-13, 14-17, and 18 and up.
  • All entrants must bring an accompaniment CD and current photo with their name and phone number on the back. 
  • The application fee is $10 and is non-refundable.
  • Applications are for children and young adults with developmental and other disabilities.

The finals will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7pm at the Bayway Arts Center in East Islip. General admission tickets are $15.

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