New Changes to Home School Showcase!

Exciting news! Due to increased demand, the 2017 Homeschool Showcase (the talent show associated with the Home School Convention) will open the eligibility of performers to recent homeschooled graduates! One of the rewards of home education has always been the discipleship opportunities afforded to older children as they help teach their younger siblings or even groups of younger children a skill that they have developed. We are beginning to see more of this happening with performing groups, and CAPE would like to encourage it! Therefore, rather than make “graduated high school” the cutoff education level for the showcase, we will extend this by approximately two years. We still want this to be about homeschooled students, so the graduate must have completed at least four years of home education and graduated from their homeschool. We still want the emphasis to be on those children who are actively being homeschooled. So in a nutshell, the new rules are as follows:

  1. Participation in the Showcase is open to those who are actively being homeschooled as well as those who were homeschooled for four or more years and graduated from their home school, and who will be under the age of 20 at the time of the Convention.
  2. Performing groups and acts must be comprised of 51% or higher actively homeschooling (non-graduated) children.

Note that these rules do not pertain to directors or accompanists of groups, who can be of any age and are not required to have been home educated at all.

So, is your child or recently graduated young adult involved in music, dance, or public speaking? If so, we would love to have them share their gift on Thursday night, April 20th, in the evening session of the annual state homeschool convention. This session is free and open to the public.

The categories we would like to see included are (but are not limited to) the following: singing, instrumental solos or ensembles, skits, orations (of a non-controversial and entertaining nature), dances – basically any kind of performance art. All entries are limited to 3 to 5 minutes, and should not require any additional support personnel other than an accompanist or sound board operator.

Performances of a visual nature should be submitted via DVD or YouTube video. Musical or oratorical entrants may submit a CD, DVD, YouTube video, or a sound file to Sorry, the judges cannot accept videotapes or cassettes. The performance at the convention must be the same as the submitted audition.

Entries should include the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses (if available), and the number of years of homeschooling of all the participants. For graduated participants, also state “graduated” and the age as of April 16th, 2016. Include the name of the piece and composer’s or arranger’s name(s) for musical numbers, and which person is playing which instrument for ensemble performances. Also include the parents’ names (for solo acts and groups of no more than two). Entries must be postmarked no later than February 10, 2017.

Mail to:
CAPE Auditions
1225 Del Mastro Dr. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121-8115


Depending on the number of submissions, some may have to be turned down due to the limited amount of time slots. The CAPE Board members will not participate in judging or approving those who are selected.

Selected entrants will be notified by email or phone call by March 10, 2017, and must agree to abide by CAPE’s rules of behavior and dress code. Audition CDs/DVDs will be available for pickup by the entrant at the CAPE table during the convention. If you would like your audition material returned by mail, please include an appropriately sized self-addressed envelope with correct postage. Those CDs/DVDs not picked up at the convention will become the property of CAPE-NM. If you have further questions, please email or call 505-836-7212.



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