By Kyle Osborne
“American Idol” may be about done, but “The Voice” on NBC continues to draw audiences in, and now comes a local version to the Washington DC/Arlington area. Start warming up your vocal cords.
Signature Theatre is looking for the next pop or Broadway sensation for the first ever ‘Signature Voice’ Competition as part of Signature’s Annual Open House on August 2nd, 2015. The competition replaces the ‘Signature Idol’ contest that has run to much accalaim for the past five years at the Tony Award®-winning theatre in Shirlington, VA.
Held in Signature’s MAX Theatre, the competition will host a panel of three celebrity judges in search of the best undiscovered singers in the DC region.
Signature’s artistic staff chooses finalists based on audition videos submitted by the Friday, July 24th deadline. Those interested should upload a video to YouTube and send Signature the link at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are encouraged to apply!
It’s a two-step process–of the videos submitted for consideration, Signature will select four finalists to compete and perform. The winner of the Signature Voice Competition will then have the opportunity to perform later that same day at the ‘Broadway on the Plaza’ Finale Concert, one of the most exciting events at the Open House.
The competition originally came together in 2009 as a one-off tour of Signature’s brand-new theatre facility in Shirlington Village, Signature’s first Open House generated such attention, big crowds, and good fun that the theatre has turned the event into a summer tradition. Eric Schaeffer, Signature’s Artistic Director, describes the Open House as “an all-day extravaganza celebrating our community. One of the Open House highlights is always our Signature talent competition – this year’s Signature Voice! Undiscovered talent gets to shine on the Signature stage in this great talent showcase for local talent.”
Schaeffer takes one of the three judges’ seats on the panel this year, along with NBC4 News Anchor Wendy Rieger and Signature favorite Nova Payton (Signature’s Dreamgirls, Hairspray).
Signature’s Open House will celebrate the very best in musical theatre, drama, and fun on Sunday, August 2nd from noon to 8:30pm. Free and open to the public, this special event is an entire day full of exciting performances, demonstrations, master classes, exhibits, a concert on the plaza, and kids’ activities offered both inside and outside the Signature complex. The entire schedule and list of performers will be announced shortly.
‘SIGNATURE VOICE’ RULES AND GUIDELINES
The deadline for video submissions is the end of the day on Friday, July 24.
Applicants can select any musical theatre song. Auditions may be a cappella or with accompaniment. A pianist will be available to accompany finalists.
Applicants may choose to accompany themselves with an instrument should they deem it appropriate and supportive of their vocal performance.
Those interested should upload a video to YouTube and send Signature the link at email@example.com.
You may not apply if you performed at a previous year’s ‘Signature Idol’ competition.
No one who has been paid to perform previously on the Signature stage may audition.
Finalists must be available to attend a rehearsal and the Open House on August 2nd.
Finalists will be notified by email.
Again, submit the YouTube link to your video to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck! I will follow up and let you know who wins!