'VOCALIST JUNIOR' AT MEDIA THEATRE NAMES 2016'S TOP 20 SEMI-FINALISTS

The results are in! Four weeks of performance have gone by, with young singers entertaining audiences during 2016's "Vocalist Junior" contest at The Media Theatre. While all were worthy of applause, the performance showcase is, in its creative format, a competition so now the Top 20 little singers ranging in age from 7 to 13 will move forward into the Semi-Final round.

The "Vocalist Junior" Semi-Finals take place Sunday night August 7 at 7pm on The Media Theatre stage. Each singer will perform a song of their choice to try to make it to the Top 15.
The 2016 "Vocalist Junior" Top 20 contestants are:
Back --Fiona Moser, Grace Curry, Abigail White, Hayley Hughes, Veronica Garrubbo, Sean Lock, Amanda Shaughnessy.
Middle-Cara Furchner, Skylar Kelly, Ava Kelly, Violet Wiley, Josh Atkinson, Carly McGuinn, Mary Kate Vink
Front-Natalie Mancini, Sadie Lock, Carter Weiss, Khadijah King, Bridget Henry, Brynn Washbourne

During the past four weeks, the judges' ballots were filled out and the contestants were ranked in the categories of Vocal Ability, Stage Presence, and Song Choice. The judges were different each week, except for the main judge: the theatre's Artistic Director Jesse Cline, who also has an extra added category defined as "Individualism", referring to each contestant's unique 'X' factor.

There was also a lot of online and public voting during the past four weeks. The top fifteen Online & Public vote-getters received extra points added to the judges' scores.

All votes were accumulated for the first four weeks of performance, but now that it's been culled to the Top 20 Semi-Finalists all previous scores have been erased and each enthusiastic remaining Vocalist begins again on an even playing field with a score of 'zero'. So their song choice and performance will be very important on August 7.

The 2016 "Vocalist Junior" Top 20 Semi-Finalists are Josh Atkinson, 12, Drexel Hill; Grace Curry, 11, Broomall; Cara Furchner, 8, Glen Mills; Veronica Garrubbo, 13, Berwyn; Bridget Henry, 9, Havertown; Hayley Hughes, 13, Hockessin, DE; Ava Kelly, 12 and Skylar Kelly, 12 of Phoenixville; Khadijah King, 7, Upper Darby; Sadie Lock, 9, Wenonah, NJ; Sean Lock, 12, Malvern; Natalie Mancini, 9, Broomall; Carly McGuinn, 12, Glen Mills; Fiona Moser, 13, Havertown; Amanda Shaughnessy, 13, Wallingford; Mary Kate Vink, 12, West Chester; Brynn Washbourne, 9, Coatesville; Abigail White, 13, Boothwyn; Carter Weiss, 11, Pike Creek, DE; and Violet Wiley, 10, Woodlyn.

For tickets to "Vocalist Junior", call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The semi-finals are Sunday night at 7pm. 

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