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Planned auditions in Rockford have been rescheduled for next month

Makin' Magic Productions Network

Upcoming auditions planned in Rockford have been pushed back to next month, due to the recent COVID-19 numbers in the city.

Shanika Mason is the owner of Makin’ Magic Production Network. She said there’s an abundance of talent in Rockford.

“And I want them to know to come out,” she said. ‘So, I can give you this opportunity because I am filming a short film in Rockford.’ And I'm doing a TV show. And it's basically a showcase TV show. It's called ‘Born to Stand Out.’ Because these people were born to stand out.”

She said the winner of “Born to Stand Out” will receive a cash prize and will receive other rewards that will help them flourish.

“If it's an artist that wins, they're going to have the opportunity to get a possible record label,” she explained. “If it's a dancer that wins the competition, they'll have the opportunity to do some great choreographing for some artists.”

Mason said if a comedian wins, they’ll get their own one-hour special.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and auditions are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 19. The try-outs take place at the Midwest Pop Up Shop, 624 St. Louis Ave. Ages 10 and up are welcomed.

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