COLUMN: Linda Jensen — April 10, 2014

Linda Jensen
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On Sunday, April 6, 33 young performers who will make up the 20 acts that will be showcased in Search for the Stars 2014 assembled together for a workshop with facilitators Jaclyn Young, Michael Hughes and Dave Pura.

After a brief meet and greet, two concurrent sessions were held.  Jaclyn Young conducted a class on Stagecraft and the Do’s and Don’ts of Auditioning.

Songwriters had a session with Dave Pura and Michael Hughes (both singer/songwriters) touching on various aspects of song writing. Following the lunch break Jaclyn presented a workshop on ‘becoming a vocalist’ where she spoke about the importance of warming-up and demonstrated some good warm- up techniques. She also touched on proper breathing technique, microphone technique, finding your own voice and pitch control.

Concurrently Dave and Michael conducted a performance and instrumental workshop.  The remainder of the day was spent in the theatre where every act was work shopped.  Suggestions were given to the performers to bring out the very best in each act and to bring their performances to the next level.

The 20 acts for 2014 Search for the Stars include:

• BayLee Turner and Ajah Spencer-McAuley, who both are doing musical theatre numbers and are performing in the Novice category (for performers five to eight years of age).

• Performers in the Junior Category include Faith Akers (vocal), Kara Petit (musical theatre), Relan Meeks (vocal).

• Songwriters include two bands, Cheap Luxury and Forgive and Forget as well as soloist Connor Anderson.

• Performing in the senior category  are: Allison Rae Strong (vocal and guitar), Daniel LeBlanc (vocal and piano), Kelsea Davies (vocal and piano), Meagan Palidwar (vocal and guitar),  Natasha Prokopchuk (vocal), Olivia Balisky (musical theatre), the Rivier Academy Chamber Choir (vocal a cappella), Shandha Burns (vocal and guitar), Sophia Wallace (vocal) Teegan Boyer (vocal),  Teigan Leather (vocal) and Tristen Durocher (vocal).

Search for the Stars 2014 promises to be an excellent concert with talented young people from Prince Albert, Shellbrook, Melfort, La Ronge, Meadow Lake and Kinistino.

At the end of the performance, a Novice, Junior and Senior Star will be named as well as the Songwriter of the year. Tickets are on sale now for the May 23 concert by calling the Box Office at 306 765 1270, on-line at www.earawlinson centre.ca or by visiting the Box Office.

See you in the theatre.

Organizations: Rivier Academy Chamber Choir, Prince Albert, Box Office

Geographic location: Melfort, La Ronge, Meadow Lake Kinistino

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