Singers, dancers, and a magician graced the stage Wednesday Jan. 13 at the Bright Box Theater in Winchester for the first auditions of the annual 2016 Car Credit Nation “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!” contest, presented by PMSI (Pest Management Services Inc.)
Ten winners were selected from a field of 25 contestants. They include Malachi Strother, Ryan Jewell, Becca Balcom, Jeyhan Turker, Ryan Phillips, Melanie Miller, Angelica Bullock, Kyle Lambdin, Natalie Spaid, and the trio of Emily Kresky, Ryan Garst, Walker Turner. Check out the recap video below, and visit our Facebook page for more video highlights of last night’s performances.
Performing for a capacity crowd, the contestants were judged by a panel made up of Lars Henriksen, a bass player and member of a blues band; Mario Orsini, illusionist who has judged this contest in past years, and Gwen Pangle, a singer who has performed in many theatrical productions. Master of ceremonies was Chuck Atkinson, who kept the program moving along.
Theresa Gaines, chair of the event which is part of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® to be held April 22 to May 1, reminds the public that there are two more evenings of auditions; Feb. 10 and March 9 — click here to register online.
Contestants who win at the three auditions will compete in the semi-finals April 6, and winners from that event will compete in the finals April 27. The finals will be held during the 89th festival whose theme is “Unforgettable!” All contests will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bright Box in downtown Winchester. Prizes awarded at the final event include first place, $5,000; second place, $1,500, and third place, $500.
Rules and guidelines are posted here on our website. A sample of talent and background music must be included with the application. A URL or MP3 is needed for the application process.
Audience tickets for the auditions are $10 in the downstairs theater and $5 for the upstairs location.
Registration and ticket information can be found here on our website, or go to our contact page for phone, address and online form.