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The mission of the Bill Riley Talent Search is to serve as a developmental platform for young Iowans involved in the performing arts. By maintaining a nurturing and educational environment we aim to promote self esteem, self discipline and self confidence while helping them to achieve their goals and shoot for the stars, one performance at a time.

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Celebrating 60 Seasons of the Bill Riley Talent Search

Heather Torpy - Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Calling all past and present BRTS performers! We want to see you at the Championship Show on August 18th at 1:30p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair. After we announce the 2019 Champion we would love to get all past and present performers on stage for a picture to celebrate our 60th season of the Bill Riley Talent Search.

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BRTS Memories from Joy Neal Kidney

Heather Torpy - Saturday, March 02, 2019

Thank you to Joy Neal Kidney for sharing her memories of performing in the Bill Riley Talent Search in her blog. You can read it here:  Read More. . .

New Program Announcement!

Heather Torpy - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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The Bill Riley Talent Show is proud to have Hy-Vee as the presenting sponsor. Since 2013 Hy-Vee has been making a significant investment in the talent program ensuring that the Iowa tradition will continue to thrive.

Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores in eight Midwestern states. For 2013 the company recorded total sales of $8 billion, ranking it among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States.

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