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The second annual Racine’s Got Talent show is officially a go on July 23, and kids ages 7 to 18 from throughout the greater Racine area can sign up now to secure their place in the line-up.

To sign up, parents/guardians should send an email to with “How do I sign up?” in the subject line. Before hitting send, though, participants and their parents/guardians need to know the rules:

  • You must be a Racine resident between the ages of 7-18.
  • Your performance must be 3 minutes or less.
  • Your talent must be family friendly and profanity free.
  • You have to smile! (no negotiation)
  • You have to have fun! (also non negotiable)

When asked why he felt the need to put on a show, lead organizer Jesse Booker said, “Children deserve to be embraced! This is also a wonderful opportunity to give back to a center providing our children with the tools to flourish in the arts and music field.”

Contestants can count on an even bigger event this year than the smashing success of the first show with great prizes donated by local businesses.

Judges include Andy Riggs and Nathan Graham from Kiss FM, April Devorany from CBS 58 Milwaukee, and Racine Mayor John Dickert.

Volunteers are also needed. Anyone interested should also send an email to but use “How can I volunteer?” in the subject line and someone will return your message promptly.

Admission is $5 for everyone over the age of 8; kids 8 and under are free. All proceeds will continue supporting the community programs at the Dr. John Bryant Center.

Last year, 13 young people from across the community sang, danced, and hoola hooped their way through a variety of music that was both recorded and performed live. Rayven Craft took to the keyboards and sang her way to the winner’s circle.

To watch a compilation video of the 2015 performances, click here.

Racine’s Got Talent 2 runs from 2 to 4 p.m. July 23 at the Bryant Center, 601 21st Street. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.