With a resounding drum roll, six of Door County’s most talented young singers will step onto the Door Community Auditorium stage to compete for the title “4th Door County Idol” on Saturday, February 9, at 7 pm.
“This is all about the ‘community’ taking the stage,” said Door County Idol producer Kristy Nelson. “We hope everyone will turn out to support this event. It’s all about getting together as a community and having fun.”
Idol contestants must be 15 – 19 years of age and reside in Door County. Following preliminary auditions last month, the “final six” advanced to the Door County Idol’s final competition. Each of the contestants has selected two songs to perform to accompaniment of their own choosing.
The following six students are the Idol finalists: Sondra Clark, a senior year at Southern Door High School; Ryann Duncan, a senior at Sturgeon Bay High School; Liz Neuman and Wesley Schwartz, both juniors at Southern Door High School; Devin Thomas, a senior at Gibraltar High School; and Kalen Keir, a freshman at the University of Minnesota.
Three local personalities have been selected to serve as judges. Nick Freimuth, a broadcaster for DoorCountyDailyNews.com, is returning for his second year. He is joined by Mary Hall, an Isadoora Theatre board member, an actress and musician, and Lee Spude, the 2nd Door County Idol winner. Spude is currently attending Marion College in Fond du Lac.
Allin Walker will serve as master-of-ceremonies. Making a special guest appearance, 2007 Idol winner Matt Burress, a senior at Gibraltar High School, will perform throughout the show.
“I would like to thank Holly Feldman, Isadoora Theatre board president, Idol judge and finalist in the first competition, for conducting a performance workshop last month. The kids really learned so much from her. And special thanks to Southern Door music teacher Cory Vandertie for letting us use the facilities at the school,” Nelson said.
In addition to the judges “weighted” votes, the audience will also cast their votes for their favorite contestant. All contestants will receive a cash award. This year the Door County Idol was funded in part by a Peninsula Arts Association/Wisconsin Arts Board grant. Local businesses also contributed to the support of this student competition.
Tickets for the Door County Idol are $8, adults and $5, students. All tickets are available at the Door Community Auditorium box office, by phone (920.868.2728), or via the http://www.dcauditorium.org. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am – 3 pm; weekend show days, 11 am – 3 pm; and one hour prior to a performance. The Door Community Auditorium is located in Fish Creek, just north of the town center on Highway 42.