Area youth can participate in upcoming Ariel theater Jr. Idol

Published 10:19 am Friday, January 9, 2009

GALLIPOLIS — The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre will host the annual youth vocal talent competition, Ariel Jr. Idol, January 17 and 24.

All registered contestants will compete in the preliminary round on Jan. 17, and the finalists will compete in the final round on Jan. 24. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m.

The competition is open to area youth age 10-18, and still in school, grades 12 or under. Registration fee to compete is $10 per person. All contestants must be registered in advance, by Friday, January 16 at 5 PM. Registration space is limited.

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Three top winners will be selected, and will win $75 for first place, $50 for second place, or $25 for third place. In addition, the three top winners will have the opportunity to serve as opening act for an upcoming Ariel concert.

The 2009 version of Ariel Jr. Idol will be slightly different from years past. Previous first place winners are not permitted to compete. All contestants must perform solo vocals. They may perform a cappella, while playing an acoustic instrument, or to a karaoke-style CD (which competitors must provide). The title of the song contestants choose to perform must be submitted at the time of registration. Contestants will not be permitted to perform the same song as any other contestant. Titles will be accepted first come/first serve with a completed registration form and fee paid. All performance aspects must acceptable for family audiences, including; attire, performance behavior, and lyrics. Original works may be performed.