The 2015 contestants feature a highter percentage of newcomers to The Media Theatre stage than in year's past, plus a set of twins and two-out-of-three triplets (the third is into sports, to keep the family well-balanced).
They're culled from recent auditions held at the theatre's new School and Dance Studio in Media. The actual contest performances will take place at the theatre (104 East State Street). Ages 14-24 will sing their hearts out Wednesday nights at 7pm during "The Vocalist" with the tots and pre-teens ages 7-13 in "The Vocalist Junior" taking the stage Sunday nights at the same early evening hour. Iron Workers Bank is the annual sponsor.
They'll be slight changes to the contest this year, but the main format remains the same. No one is eliminated until after Week Three in either competition, so each singer has ample opportunity to hone their craft in front of a live enthusiastic audience. Equal parts contest and educational opportunity, "The Vocalist" allows each contestant to have equal recognition and deserved applause during the first three weeks.
"Audiences will actually get to see each contestants grow," said the music theatre company's Artistic Director Jesse Cline. "The contestants will feel more at home on the stage as they have three weeks to do their best, without the constant pressure of not returning the following week."