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Lightning to Hold Bolt Brigade Auditions

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced August 26 and September 2 as official audition dates for the 2010-11 Bolt Brigade. Both audition sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place at the St. Pete Times Forum. Interested candidates need only to attend one of the sessions. The September 2 session will include an on-ice audition for all applicants wishing to showcase their skating ability, with those attending responsible for providing their own skates.

The Bolt Brigade is the Lightning’s “spirit squad” comprised of energetic and outgoing individuals who collectively use their unique talents, personalities and performance skills to positively interact with fans and help create a great Lightning fan experience.  They serve as Lightning ambassadors at home games, through various promotions, and at many Tampa Bay area community events.  Typical candidates for the Bolt Brigade include, but are not limited to: actors, performers, hosts, athletes, cheer squad members, street team promoters and in-field marketers.

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Additionally, candidates should bring photo identification, their registration form and a resume.   During the audition, prospective candidates will be asked to perform a talent, participate in the team's game day activities and take part in a short interview.  Friends and family members are also welcome to attend as spectators.  Candidates are encouraged to register for the Bolt Brigade auditions online at tampabaylightning.com.

Responsibilities of the Bolt Brigade include engaging guests during pre-game activities on the St. Pete Times Forum Plaza, preparing and maintaining game day props and giveaway items, and performing and executing in-game entertainment such as period-break promotions, intermission contests and post-game festivities as directed.  Bolt Brigade members will also be asked to perform and serve similar duties at Lightning events and promotional activities throughout the Bay Area community and at select non-hockey events at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Candidates should be comfortable with performing extemporaneously in front of a large audience. Knowledge of hockey and basic ice skating skills are preferred, but not essential. Candidates should also demonstrate an outgoing personality and the ability to interact with the public in a “live” environment.  Potential Bolt Brigade team members must also be available to work all scheduled Lightning home games.

Interested candidates should contact Kelli Yeloushan at 813.301.6574 or kyeloushan@sptimesforum.com. Candidates are also encouraged to visit tampabaylightning.com.

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