Sunday, April 15, 2007

Artbreak Idol: talent search for outstanding singing performer; open auditions at Spt Convention Center , Wed, Ap 18

The newest singing performer search in America is in Shreveport-Bossier: it's the ArtBreak Idol.

Throughout the week leading up to the grand opening of the Public ArtBreak festival, hundreds of students will vie for the $1,000 ArtBreak Idol Award presented by the Bossier Arts Council, says Richard Folmer.

The ArtBreak Idol is a talent search competition to identify the outstanding singing performer in the region; Richard Folmer, Director ,and Anne Sussman, Development Coordinator for the Bossier Arts Council, are producing the ArtBreak Idol Competition.

Students will progress through a series of stringent elimination rounds to finish among the top three contestants who will perform at the start of the ArtBreak Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 29th.

The open audition takes place on Wed, April 18 at Spt Convention Center. Students must attend a participating school in Caddo or Bossier Parish to be eligible to participate, and will sing – a cappella (without instrumental accompaniment) one song that is a maximum of three minutes in length. The judges have the right to stop the student performer at any point in the song to reject or accept the student for additional competition. Those students selected to perform in the Round I Elimination will be expected to perform through a variety of “musical hurdles” including an assigned song, assigned choreography, and interviews.

The major public performance by the contestants in the ArtBreak Idol Competition will be held at 6:30 pm, Saturday, April 28, on the Chase Bank Stage. The performance will open with the 25 top performers, then there will be an elimination of ten performers and a competition among the remaining 15 performers to achieve the final – top three contestants – ranking.

The final showdown will take place at 2:00 pm, Sunday, April 29th and the winner will be announced as the last award presented during the ArtBreak Awards Ceremony.

Artbreak 07:
* more than 100 schools
* more than 50 hands-on art activities
* 100 school and community performances
* exhibiting more than 2,000 works of art by students
* Shreveport Convention Center
* Mon, April 23 through Sun, April 29
* free admission
* free parking surrounding the Shreveport Convention Center
* free “Yellow Bus Trolley” shuttle from the AmSouth Bank Parking Garage to the Convention Center.

Ms. Ollie Tyler, Supt, Caddo Schools – 636-0210
Mr. Ken Kruithof, Supt, Bossier Schools – 549-5003
Pam Atchison, Director, SRAC – 673-6500
Julia Foley, Arts in Education, SRAC – 673-6500
Henry Price, Art Supervisor, Caddo Schools – 603-6359
Sally Namie – Assistant Superintendent, Bossier Schools - 549-5003
Richard Folmer, Director, Bossier Arts Council – 741-8310

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