VOCALIST JUNIOR HAS FIRST ELIMINATIONS OF THE SUMMER AT MEDIA THEATRE

The contestants arrived at the same call time as they do each Sunday night during the "Vocalist Junior" contest--6:15. While there were a few stragglers here and there, most were on time.

The 31 contestants, ages 7-13, gathered in the theatre. The anticipation of the night's proceedings was palpable. This was the first night eliminations would be made, so six of the talented performers would not be returning for the Semi-Finals of Week Four.

To add some levity to the anxiety each contestant was feeling, Artistic Director Jesse Cline asked the group "How do you spell elimination?" As they giggled and tried to spell the word, the first three completely stumbling on the third syllable (interestingly all thought it was an 'a' instead of an 'i') one boy said loudly "I'm no good at spelling!" 
 
The 2015 Vocalist Junior contestants prior to eliminations.Click on photo to enlarge.
While spelling may not be their forte, the contestants are certainly good at singing and performing to a decent sized crowd each Sunday night. 

25 of them will be returning to the Semi-Finals. Sadly, at the end of the night, after the first three weeks of judge's votes and public votes were accumulated and tabulated, six Vocalists had to say goodbye.

The third week, it must be said, is a difficult one as each performer tries to pull out all the stops and reaches for the stars with their song. Their hearts were full as they stepped onto the raised platform to belt out numbers like the often-performed "Tomorrow" from Annie, Lady Gaga's "Applause" (rarely done, it must be said), and even The Band Perry's "If I Die Young".
Elaina Fitzgerald, 12, of Wallingford as she sings Lady Gaga's "Applause"
With such a wide variety of music, it's a hard decision, undoubtedly, for the judges to decide who is 'best'. As Cline said to the audience as votes were being tabulated, "This is not about who has the biggest voice or who is the most talented. It's simply about personal opinion, sometimes song choice, and how things land when tabulations are added up. We say it every year and we mean it--by just being here and performing every single contestant is already a winner."

The guest judges were Stacey Barish, Managing Partner for Barish Rosenthal Inc, and John Whitig, the President of Iron Workers Bank (title sponsor).

Returning to the Semi-Finals on Sunday August 2 are: Josh Atkinson, 10, Drexel Hill; Cecilia Bailey, 10, West Chester; Morgan Bitzberger, 13, Thornton; Ava Briglia, 8, Media; Ava Courtney, 10, Garnet Valley; and Larissa Culbertson, 13, Wayne.

Also Jamie Day, 12, Media; Paige Day, 12, Media; Zachary Divito, 9, Aston; Gabrielle Dove, 8, Sharon Hill; Bridget Duffy, 13, Thornton; Cassidy Else, 10, Drexel Hill; Elaina Fitzgerald, 12, Wallingford; Veronica Garrubbo, 12, Berwyn; Lars Halldin, 13, Norristown.

And Ava Kelly, 11, Phoenixville; Skylar Kelly, 11, Phoenixville; Sean Lock, 11, Malvern;  Elizabeth Mercier, 12, Brookhaven; Fiona Moser, 12, Havertown;Sarah Shoumer, 10, Wayne;  JD Triolo, 12, West Chester; Allie Vaccaro, 10, Rose Valley; Brynn Washbourne, 8, Coatesville; Violet Wiley, 9, Woodlyn.


For tickets to "Vocalist Junior", which has its Semi-Final Week Four Sunday August 2 at 7pm, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

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