Hanover Idols auditions announced

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

It’s not too early to think about auditioning for the Hanover Idols Competition. Song selection takes time!

Auditions for the 2014 Hanover Idols are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26. This is the fifth time the Hanover Arts & Activities Center has sponsored a singing competition for Hanover residents.

Two winners were selected in 2012 by a panel of local celebrity judges:  Lindsey Coggins was crowned Hanover Idol 2012 and Faith Gitchell was crowned 2012 Hanover Junior Idol. These two “idols” went on to perform at various events in 2012 and 2013, including special appearances at the Ashland Musical Variety Show.

Lindsey Coggins is attending Virginia Tech as a music student. Faith Gitchell is a seventh grader at Chickahominy Middle School.

Sue Watson and Lorie Foley, who team up every other year for the Ashland Musical Variety Show, are once again producing Hanover Idols.

Hanover Idols is opened to Hanover residents ages 10 and older. To audition for Hanover Junior Idols, applicants must be 10-15 years of age as of Jan. 1. To audition for Hanover Idols, applicants must be 16 years of age or older as of Jan. 1.

Application forms are available at www.hanoverarts.org or by calling (804)798-2728. Sign-up forms are due to the Hanover Arts and Activities Center Monday, Jan. 20.

The producers will contact applicants to schedule auditions to be held Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center.

Judging will be based on vocal ability, performance standards, stage presence, power to evoke emotion, and suitability for the Ashland Musical Variety Show and other public venues. All varieties of music are encouraged

“We want to stress that our local celebrity judges are friendly, unlike the sometimes caustic and/or emotional judges from TV’s American Idol,” Watson said.

Candidates are encouraged to sing with musical accompaniment, Karaoke CD, or a cappella for the two-minute audition. Fred Horn, music director at First Baptist Church in Ashland, will provide piano accompaniment for the actual competition.

The 2014 Hanover Idols Junior Competition will take place Sunday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

The 2014 Hanover Idols Competition will take place Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A $7 donation will be accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, a non-profit organization.

For more information, call Lori Foley at (804)798 0704 or Sue Watson at (804)798 5686.

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