COLUMN: Linda Jensen — Jan. 23, 2014

Linda Jensen
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E.A. Rawlinson Centre

One of the greatest uses of the E. A. Rawlinson Centre is programming that brings area youth to our stage. 

We are very proud of our Search for the Stars Program, which is going into its seventh season this year. Although the final showcase is not until May 23, it is time to alert young people to prepare an act for the audition that will be held on March 23.

Registrations for the auditions will commence on Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. To register, call the Box Office at 306-765-1270.  Every registrant will receive tips and suggestions to assist them in preparing for the audition.

Search for the Stars is not merely a contest or a concert It is a program whose goal is to provide a positive and nurturing experience for aspiring young performers. 

A panel of judges from Saskatchewan’s musical community who have a variety of skills and experiences are engaged to act as judge/facilitators. At the audition, these three people give positive and instructive coaching to every act.  Even if a person is not chosen to go forward, they will have had the opportunity to experience an audition in a supportive environment.

The judge/facilitators select a maximum of 20 acts for the final showcase. 

Subsequently, the selected young performers spend a day with the facilitators to enhance their skills and specifically to bring their performance pieces to the next level of excellence. 

The culmination of the experience is performing on the beautiful stage of Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre in a professional concert.  The concert is part of the Winter/Spring entertainment season.  Although every person involved is a winner, the judges will name a novice, a junior, and a senior star as well as a songwriter of the year.

The prize package is as follows; the Senior Star receives $1,000 and a trophy, the Junior Star receives $500 and a trophy and the Novice Star receives $100 plus a trophy.  The Songwriter of the year receives $500 and, if they have achieved a minimum predetermined score, they will be given the opportunity to record a radio quality CD of their song with Big Drum Media (who is the sponsor of Songwriting competition).

I encourage anyone between five to 18 years of age who enjoys any aspect of performance to take advantage of this opportunity which is free of charge to all and which is a unique opportunity in the province.

Organizations: E. A. Rawlinson Centre, Box Office, Olive and John Diefenbaker Theatre

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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