11th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts set to take July 28 – August 5, 2007; Philippines set to make a mark with incredible talents from three major networks
World Championships of Performing Arts 2007 set on July 28 through August 5

Hundreds of singers, dancers, jugglers, you name it will be ready to strut their stuff for the judges for the upcoming 11th annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), set to take centerstage from July 28 through August 5, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.


(Photo: 2005 WCOPA Senior Grand Champion Jed Madela being interviewed last year)

Also touted as the official “World Talent Championships” for aspiring performers and entertainers, and the only event of its kind held annually in “Hollywood” – the entertainment capital of the world.

Selections for the official contestants will be held in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. According to former Miss Universe pageant executive and president of WCOPA, Mr. Griff O’Neil, the national director from the Philippines confirmed that there will be incredible talents from three major networks in the Philippines who will vie for the top Gold with $50,000 worth of scholarships awarded by the School of Film and Television in New York.

Mr. O’Neil also added that from that a lot of exciting things continue to happen for many WCOPA winners: Dimitri Diatchenko, classical guitarist and multi-gold winner from 2003 has a starring role on CBS’ hit television series “Criminal Minds” next month (he’ll be seen in the episode “Honor Among Thieves;”

In the upcoming film “Last of Mimzy,” which opens March 23 in theatres, 12 year-old multi-gold winning junior champion Chris O’Neil stars in a lead role (“Last of Mimzy” is about two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterios box of toys, and soon parents and teachers are drawn into a strange and sometimes terrifying world);

14-year old Samantha Strachan (one of the Strachan Sisters, who were 2003 Grand Champion Performers of the World, from Jamaica) moved to Hollywood and signed with Screen Artists Management, appeared in several television commercials, also recently starred in a major Showtime tv-movie commercials, and now has been cast in two films.

Tami and Kurt Smith, national directors of USA and Canada also reported that tremendous success are with some of their WCOPA winners: 2006 Grand Champion Performer of the World – Pam Ward is auditioning for the Broadway show “The Color Purple;” Rafael Cuesta, Jr., World Champion Actor, signed with AEF Agency in Hollywood; Jamie Lawson signed with Totally Kids Management and MSA Agency; Rasheed Benson signed with Totally Kids Management; Kyle Swan is in record development with Head Start Music; Ashley Luckett is in record development with Head Start Music; Erica Green is in record development with Country One Source in Nashville; Matthew Brady signed with Society Entertainment in Hollywood and received a scholarship at the School for Film and TV in New York.

Brittany Wortham is recording a four-song demo with Bob Ham of Country One Source in Nashville; Alvin Forbes, 2006 Male Model winner moved to Hollywood and signed with Barbara Buky of Gold Levin Talent Management; Donald Douglas, 2005 Junior Grand Champion Performer of the World from Rochester, New York is moving to Hollywood this summer and signing up with Terpsichore Management.

Mark J. Dallas signed with Bob Ham of Country One Source and is in Nashville recording original music for his first CD; Krista lea Brazeau from Canada is in record development with Head Start Music in Hollywood; and Carly Dow from Canada is in Nashville, recording her first country album. Other WCOPA winners receiving scholarships to the School for Film and TV in New York are Kyle Swan, Brandon Bowers, Stratton Bailey, Erin A., and Ashley Pearse.

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03.09.07