MONTREAL, February 20, 2012 – Due to its huge success last year, Musical Show Off (MSO) is back for 2012. Forty hopefuls, aged 10 to 16, will compete, with the winners taking home the coveted trophy and a cash prize of $1,000. Many students from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) were part of last year’s production.
This year’s focus will be on musical theatre while a category for eight to 10 year olds has been added. If you like to sing, dance, or act and are aged eight to 16, register today at www.musicalshowoff.com Auditions, for which there is no cost, will be held at Dance 1…2…3 at 7927 Newman Boulevard in LaSalle on Sunday, April 1st (12:30pm.).
In order to audition, one needs to prepare a one minute song, dance routine or monologue to perform before the judges. If you are chosen, training will begin on Sunday, May 6 and continue for the weeks leading up to the big show on Saturday evening, June 23 at the Rialto Theatre (5723 Avenue du Parc). Teams will be and appointed a “mentor” who will coach and train them. Each mentor is a highly trained performer, with years of experience starring on both stage and screen.
The new rising star junior category (eight to 10 years old) is an introduction to “MSO,” with a total of 14 hours of coaching in song, dance and acting before appearing in the final grand show. Participants will get the opportunity to train with the MSO Academy and perform live on stage. Judges and the audience will choose one person who will be the rising star. Their prize shall be a free tuition for MSO in 2013 This group does not compete. The fee is $225 and it includes professional training, registration and the child’s entrance to the show. The early bird discount (by April 13) is $175.
Competition teams (aged 11 to 16) will receive a total of 24 hours coaching in song, dance and acting before they compete against others live on stage for the chance to win the coveted trophy and the grand prize of $1,000. The fee is $350, which also includes professional training, registration and child’s entrance to the show. The early bird discount (by April 13) is $299.
Last year dozens of talented 10 to 16 year olds auditioned for the first MSO. They performed a chosen number in front of the four mentors and 40 “undiscovered stars” were selected to form the four teams who would compete live onstage. The teams received intense training in both song and dance with additional singing coaching from musical directors Guy Porlier and Chris Barillaro. Each team was given a choreographed musical number to learn for the final Show Off against the other teams.
After their final rehearsals, each team performed live on stage in the grand finals at the Rialto . The show was a sell-out and the standard of performances exceptional. What these amazing individuals achieved in such a short space of time was incredible The judges delivered their verdict and awarded the team called the Flying Nuns the title of Musical Show Off Champions 2011.
Productions BronCon, headed by seasoned musical professionals Bronwen Lloyd-Hughes and Connie Rotella, is the group behind Musical Showoff. Bronwen boasts thousands of hours on stage, combined with over 500 hours of both live and pre-recorded television. She began dancing at the age of four and has been a performer ever since. Connie has been dancing professionally for over 15 years. She has participated in various movies, TV shows, TV series, commercials and telethons. Both Connie and Bronwen have visited EMSB schools and participated in different charitable events.
This year’s mentors will be Lloyd-Hughes, Rotella, Barillaro, Porlier, Gladys Guillermo, Sanchia Rooker and Jonathan Patterson. In order to audition, you must fill out the registration form at www.musicalshowoff.com.