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Step up to the mic: Statesboro Voice seeks talent


February 02, 2018

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If you’ve ever watched The Voice on television and thought, “I could do that,” the Statesboro Voice competition is for you.

The brand new competition will serve as the largest fundraiser for the 2017-18 fiscal year for the Averitt Center for the Arts, and organizers are seeking local contestants who can compete to win cash prizes during a live performance on April 28.

“The committee has been planning this event since last summer and we are excited and nervous about the community’s response,” said Averitt Center Executive Director Jamie Grady. “In my six months in Statesboro, I have heard a lot of great voices and talents within the community and I think this is great opportunity for those people to really shine.”

Robert Cottle, who teaches guitar and has directed productions at the Averitt, will be the go-to person for the competition.

“We are trying to develop a show that will be an annual community thing,” he said, “to showcase community talent. We are encouraging people to try and submit a video with something they are familiar with.”

Cottle said the first step in the process is to submit a video lasting up to two minutes, showcasing your talent. The deadline to submit videos is Feb. 23, and there is a $10 video submission fee. You must be at least 16 years of age to compete. The competition runs throughout the spring, beginning with the video submission process. Videos can be submitted at averittcenterforthearts.org/StatesboroVoice. Music can be of any style that demonstrates the contestant’s range and technique.

A group of judges will go through all the submissions, Cottle said, and select the ones that they think should move on. This group will then audition for mentors on March 10. The four mentors will then each choose two contestants to work with. Over the course of about a month, the mentors will coach their contestants, and videos will be posted on the Averitt’s Facebook page showing their progress.

The public will be invited to vote during this process for their favorite. A live audition will also be held during this process, which will be open to the public so that people can see firsthand how their favorites are doing.

The final competition will be held on April 28. On that date, Cottle said, the contestants will perform with their mentors, as well as on their own. At the intermission, the number of contestants will be cut in half by the judges, and voting will end for the People’s Choice Award.

The winner of Statesboro Voice will be chosen by the judges, along with a People’s Choice Award winner.

“While we have not finalized every detail, we are sure this will be something that people will talk about long after the competition has concluded,” said Grady.

For more information, go online or call (912) 212-2787.

 


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