(Bellows Falls VT) The 2017 Southern Vermont Idol event, a premier amateur singing competition in its 13th year, will be held on the mainstage of the 550-seat Bellows Falls Opera House over five weeks – Thursday, July 6 and 13 at 7pm; Sunday, July 23 and 30 at 2pm; and Friday, August 4 at 7pm.
Contestants ages 13+ will perform all five weeks, and be joined by youth contestants in weeks 3, 4 and 5. Youth contestants ages 6-12 are: from Vermont, Erlianyss Aviles, Ezra Holloway, Anthony Mitchell; from New Hampshire, Lanie Goodwin, Marlin Hubbard. Adult contestants are: from Vermont, Jaia Caron, Jenna Cousineau, Jennifer Cowdrey, Bill Delaney, Josh Delaney, Amber DiBona, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, Steven Judd, Allie McGahie, Gina Richardson and Sonya Robison; from New Hampshire, Zac Binney, Morgan Carter, Jamie Denno, Lara Germana, Daniel Hartigan and Alexis Johndrow; from Massachusetts, Erin Girouard.
The top 4 adults have a chance to win the grand prize of $1500 and a full-day recording session at Guilford Sound, a professional recording studio in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Second prize is $750, third $500 and fourth $250. The top 4 youth will win trophies, cash and prizes. All finalists will be invited to perform on stage during Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 5.
The Emcee for the event is comedian, singer and entertainer Wade Garrett. Judges for July 6 are Joanne Mead, Bruce Murphy and 2007 grand prize winner, Karen Bays Ducharme who will also perform. Judges’ scores count for 50% of contestant total, and audience scores comprise the remaining 50%.
Purchase tickets online at www.rampartstickets.com. Seating is general admission; doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7pm. VIP tickets available for purchase online. Tickets available at door. The Saxton’s River Inn will provide a cash bar, and the Ladies of the Moose Lodge will offer baked goods for sale. The concessions stand will be open. Donations of personal hygiene items, socks, peanut butter/jam and other food staples will be accepted for Our Place Drop-In Center throughout all five weeks of the event.
Sponsors to date include Charlesworks, Durand Toyota, Engrave-It, FACT TV and SepticPro. All performers are defined as amateurs, a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession. The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project serves as fiscal sponsor for the event. Visit the website at http://southernvermontidol.com for event details. TICKETS ON SALE at www.rampartstickets.com. Contact Susan MacNeil at email@example.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.