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‘New & improved’ Talent Search Saturday at Donk’s

On Saturday, March 2, Donk’s Theater, Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry in Mathews, will host the first “new and improved” Talent Search of 2013.

The Talent Search portion of the show is open to local talent of all ages. The contest spotlights talent hopefuls in the country music arena who wish to perform with a live band. Contestants may accompany themselves with an instrument or they may use the “Shades of Country” band for their presentation. Because of space and time limitations, the competition does not include bands. 

Each person wishing to be a contestant must pick two well-known country songs. A list of possible songs that the band knows is posted on After meeting with the band, one of those songs will be selected to present to the audience. 

Unlike the former Talent Searches, there will be no judges. The audience will pick their favorite performers. This format will continue for each Talent Search of 2013, and all the votes will be tallied for each contestant and the favorites will be invited back for the talent finals in November. This means each contestant may compete at every Talent Search to stack up those audience votes. “Bring your friends and get voted back!” said a Donk’s spokesperson. 

Contestants must report to Donk’s Theater between 6-7 p.m. on the night of the show (March 2) to register. The price of admission is the registration fee. After registering, each contestant will have a few minutes with the musicians to make sure the song is presented in the right key and with the right arrangement. 

This Saturday’s show also will feature the Opry Regulars performing their favorite songs as well as Michelle Thacker, Walt Stillman and Richard Smith. 

Admission is $12 for adults, and $5 for children. Show time is 8 p.m. Doors open to the public at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 725-7760, and don’t forget to reserve or pick up tickets for “The Isaacs” performance on March 16.

posted 02.27.2013

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