GET TICKETS FOR VOCALIST OR JUNIOR HERE
You don’t have to go to NYC to find talented young up-and-coming performers. The Media Theatre’s summer contest “The Vocalist” allows local young singers to shine on stage Wednesday nights at 7pm (July 10, 17, and 24).
The singers are in the age range of 14-24, so the annual competition is very entertaining for audiences, much like the popular national singing contests on television. Produced by Media Music Theatre Co., the weekly showcases provide ample opportunity for the contestants, allowing them a chance to perform for large audiences while honing their skills on Delaware County’s only professional music theater stage.
The contestants have been culled from recent auditions. A winner is eventually announced at the end of the three-week competition.
“Audiences will actually get to see each contestant grow,” said Artistic Director Jesse Cline. “We also look at this as an educational experience. So, rather than singing one song and leaving the competition, each vocalist has the opportunity to learn a bit more about what it takes to perform in front of an audience on a professional stage.”
Cline, as the one constant judge, is a part of an important process in the competition. He will have an extra category on his ballot that will not appear on the guest judges’ tally sheets. His added category is Individualism, which reflects his connection to the singers each week and his rapport with them following their performances.
Cline said. “There may be a week in which a young singer falters a bit, but I will know what they are capable of and who they are. The Individualism category speaks to the fact that each contestant is unique. Their interests and what is best for them should come first. Each has their own story to tell in their own way.”
The guest judges will mark their ballots in three categories: Song Choice, Vocal Ability, and Stage Presence. Cline will have those three, plus his extra category. All categories will utilize a 1-10 ranking system, with 1 being the lowest score and 10 being the highest.
Online voting will take place again this year. As with the judges’ scoring, the online voting will also be accumulated.
The top five receive cash prizes. “Vocalist” is sponsored by Iron Workers Bank. For tickets call The Media Theatre at 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org
The 2019 “Vocalist” Contestants are:
Sophia Cotrotsios of West Chester; Julia Degruchy of Philadelphia; Brooke Falls of Glenolden; Samantha Hocker of Brookhaven; Josie Intham of Media; Paul Mariani III of Malvern; Teanna Rico of Ridley Park; Zagara Sims of Delco; JJ Vavrik of Swarthmore; Mary Kate Vink and Paul Vink, both of West Chester.
“Vocalist Junior” is the younger version of the competition, with the contest taking place on Sunday nights at 7pm July 7, 14, 21, and 28.
The 2019 “Vocalist Junior” Contestants, ages 7-13, are:
Summer Bakey of Glen Mills; Parvathi Balakrishnan of Garnet Valley; Sophie Becker of Malvern; Elliot Boldin of Wynnewood; Elizabeth Brown of Glen Riddle; Charlie Carroccio of Newtown Square; Amy Ciragliano of Delco; Ava DiGiuseppe of Thornton; Grace Gill of Media; Josephine Hughes of Glen Mills; Maya Maloskey of Malvern; Reese Masiello of West Chester; Ellen Marcantonis of Thornton; Ryan Ming of Garnet Valley; Tika Nasta of Media; Zoe Nesbitt of Drexel Hill; Hope Noonan of Broomall; Kai Sherman of Wynnewood; Charlotte Taylor of Wallingford; Amaia Truong of Wayne; Madison Van Horn of Media; and Anirudh Venkatesh of Malvern.