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Singers sought for Broadway fund-raiser

December 28th, 2011 3:52 am by Southwest Virginia Bureau


JOHNSON CITY — The Mountain States Foundation, an arm of Mountain States Health Alliance headquartered in Johnson City, has issued an open invitation for aspiring youthful performers.


Auditions for “{One} Singular Sensational Evening,” a fund-raising event to benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital, will be held at three locations in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to encourage participation from kids across the region.


Five finalists, including one featured soloist, will be invited to perform with four professional Broadway stars in an evening of entertainment at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on March 17. A number of extras will also be chosen from the auditioning performers.


Kids ages 7 to 17 will need to prepare a Broadway, country or classical song of their choosing. Each vocalist will have a one-minute auditioning performance time. A CD player and piano will be available at each audition, but vocalists will need to bring their own accompanists if desired.


Auditions are to be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at East Tennessee State University’s Mathes Music Hall, Room 107; 5:30 p.m. at Barter Theatre in Abingdon; and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Tusculum College’s Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre in Greeneville.


For more information call Cookie McKinney at 431-1224.


The Broadway performers scheduled to lead the Niswonger show include Peter Lockyer, who has performed in “Miss Saigon,” “Les Miserables,” “La Boheme,” “South Pacific” and “Phantom of the Opera”; Denise DiRenzo, who has performed in “Cats,” “A Chorus Line,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Guys and Dolls”; David Elder, who has performed in “White Christmas,” “Curtains,” “42nd Street,” “Kiss me Kate” and “Once Upon A Mattress”; and Cary Miller, who has performed in “Saturday Night Fever,” “Little Women” and “Seussical.”


MSHA operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. Facilities include a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, a children’s hospital, behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services, and a comprehensive medical management corporations.
For more information visit www.msha.com? .

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