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This year’s annual Canterbury-Bankstown Talent Advancement Program (TAP) end-of-year showcase is set to be the most spectacular to date, with 25 young vocalists preparing to perform under their Executive Director for the last time.
Kerry Sebio, who founded and has managed the TAP from its inception, said her retirement will begin when the final curtain falls.
"TAP was born in 2002, from an event I ran in 2000 called Bankstown Buzz," Ms Sebio said.
"It’s a program no other council had and, even today, remains unique. It has discovered and nurtured more than 350 youths, many of whom have gone on to do great things in the performing arts world.
"The end-of-year concert is where we get to see how far they’ve come. Our stars will be performing pop and RnB songs, and everything in between, so there will be something for everyone!"
Throughout 2018, the TAP participants have taken part in a series of workshops, where experienced coaches and mentors have assisted in developing and strengthening their vocal abilities, stage presence and performance techniques. The young vocalists have also performed at a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including a public performance in Martin Place and recently at the Bankstown Bites Food Festival.
Bankstown Girls’ High School Year 12 student, Serena Sabine, who is also celebrating her last year in the program, said her four years in the TAP have been amazing.
"I’ve had so many stand out moments in the program – the workshops with professionals, the performance opportunities and slowly improving my abilities," the 17-year-old said.
"This program has given me confidence I never thought I would have. I love sharing my talent and showing the community what I have to offer and I’m so glad I now have the tools to do just that.
"Kerry has been instrumental in helping me become the singer I am today. She’s amazing – we connected right away and I owe her, and the entire TAP team, a big thank you."
The end of year TAP concert will be held on Friday 14 September at the Bryan Brown Theatre. Doors will open at 7pm, with the show kicking off at 7.30pm. Tickets are $10. To book, visit cb.city/TAP
11/09/2018 11:07 AM