Door County Idol Competition Approaches

Devin Thomas

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.”

Kalen Keir

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.

Liz Nueman

Three local personalities have been selected to serve as judges. Nick Freimuth, a broadcaster for, 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.

Ryann Duncan

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.

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.

Sondra Clark

As Nelson prepared for the 4th annual Door County Idol, she reflected on her role as producer and the creative force behind the event. “I am continually impressed by the amount of community support for the youth of Door County.”

“It is a real pleasure to watch [contestants] grow, and to observe their friends, as well as family and non-family community fans, cheer these performers on. This is the ultimate community outreach, bringing everyone together and cheering for ‘our own,’” she concluded.

Wesley Schwartz

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 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.