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Theatre West is searching for the Voice in the Valley

January 2, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — Theatre West is searching for the next star in the Valley. Is it you?

The Voice in the Valley is a new fundraiser for Theatre West that will help bring in additional funds in addition to the Broadway in the Bluffs fundraiser, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 2. The new fundraiser, which kicks off on Jan. 11 at the Scottsbluff Elks Lodge, will help Theatre West with the budget for summer shows as it moves into its new venue and works to attract high quality talent to the community.

“We’ve been trying for a while to come up with another fundraiser,” Lauren Newell, a marketing team member for Theatre West, said. “I got the idea when someone mentioned the Soroptimist Dancing with the Stars.”

The fundraiser is based on popular television singing competitions and includes a first round with four judges sitting in swivel chairs.

The Voice in the Valley consists of four rounds: round one, round two, semi-finals and finals. After each round, the judges will narrow the vocalists until they find the best area talent. The event is open to all ages.

“We are hoping that the blind auditions have a huge turnout,” Newell said. “Our goal is each judge would choose 10 vocalists for 40 contestants after the first round.”

During each round, the contestants, their families and the public are invited to watch the auditions. The entry fee is $10 per contestant.

To sign up, fill out an audition form, found on the Theatre West Facebook page. Return the form and the entry fee to the Theatre West Box Office located in the Harms Center at 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff. After Jan. 7, applicants should submit their audition form, music and a $15 application fee to the Scottsbluff ELKS Club between 6 and 8 p.m. General admission is $5 for each round. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

“We’re hoping that people who are auditioning bring their families to cheer them on and spectators come to watch,” said Newell.

For round one, contestants will perform a 90-second selection for the judges in hopes one or more judges turn their chairs. If more than one judge turns around, the contestant can choose which judge they will join. During the second round, two contestants from each team will advance to compete in the semi-finals, The top eight will then be narrowed to four for The Voice in the Valley finals.

Contestants are asked to prepare four songs to perform in various arrangements. In the blind auditions, the song can be any genre and the singer must have appropriate accompaniment, but they cannot accompany themselves and the track cannot have vocals. An MP3 track, cut to the time constraint, must be sent to twauditions@hotmail.com by Jan. 7 for contestants who sign up early. For people who choose to apply the day of auditions, they must bring their accompanist on an MP3, thumb drive or CD. The early applicants will perform ahead of the day-of applicants and people who sign up at the door will perform in order of arrival.

Contestants who advance to round two will perform their blind audition piece in its entirety.

For the semifinals, contestants will perform a different song. The vocalists will be provided an accompaniment combination, including a pianist, guitarist, bassist or drummer. The judge will help provide chord charts for the band.

Finalists will perform two new songs, with accompaniment as mentioned in the semifinals, for the judges.

The eight semifinalists will receive a 30-minute voice lesson and coaching session with their judge and a $25 Theatre West gift certificate. The top four finalists will receive a 60-minute voice lesson and coaching session with their judge and an additional $25 Theatre West gift certificate for a total of $50 Theatre West Bucks. The runner-up will receive all of the prizes previously listed as well as two Theatre West season tickets and a $100 cash prize. The winner will receive the grand prize, which includes all the prizes previously listed and two Theatre West season tickets, a $500 cash prize and a guest appearance performing at Theatre West’s chocolate fundraiser, Broadway in the Bluffs on Feb. 2.

Each round of competition will begin at 7 p.m. The dates of the competition are Jan. 11, 12, 18 and 19.

“We’re getting a lot of inquiries that we haven’t heard from before so it will be interesting for us and the public to see the talent that comes out,” Newell said. “We’re hoping that it’s a fun and interesting event for the whole area.”

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