N.A. Idol contestants prepare for big show
The performers are in place for this year's North Augusta Idol, the talent show run by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.
The annual presentation is set for March 19. Keeping with tradition, the participants are to be students from schools throughout Aiken County Area Two, with dancers, singers and instrumentalists in the spotlight. Showtime is 7 p.m. in the auditorium at North Augusta High School.
Selected for this year's show at the high school level are Juliann Lloyd, Janna Lee, Kayla Howard, Katy Dyches, Skyler Hyde, Mary Tabor and Ariana Williams.
Their middle school counterparts are Kevin Arnold, Baileigh Price, Jackson Cooper, Skilyr Hicks, Parker Blackburn and Sarah Ann Tabor (in a duet), Hannah Adkinson, Sarah Sylvester, Carly Wolf, the percussion foursome of Michael Nicholson, Kyle Simpkins, Zach Mooney and Dylan Smith and a band comprised of Allison Hendrick, Anna Hendrick, Sarah Bigger, Brian Schaade and Jordan Gambrell.
At the elementary level are Nadia Blackwood and Olivia Dill (in a duet), Jordan Rose Parker, Heidi Coughenour, Taylor Dorville and Iris Nichols (in a duet), Janae Elliott, Tyreek Jennings, Zoe Cooper and Linda Barrett.
"We've had, I think, the most students ever audition," said Peggy Burnett, the show's coordinator. "We had to have four auditions this year, instead of three. We had a tremendous turnout from the middle schools, so we had to divide the middle-school auditions."
She added, "I think the judges had a tough time. There was some excellent talent, and we didn't want the show to run on for five hours."
Tickets are $5. Admission is free for anyone 5 or younger. Burnett noted that this year's show will include recognition of the late Mim Woodring, who was the show's original director and served in that role for eight years.
"The T-shirts this year are white with red print, because red was her favorite color," Burnett said.
Carol Terry is the new director, and plans are for 25 acts - "pushing the limit," in Burnett's words. Top finishers receive a cash prize, and all proceeds after expenses go to a scholarship for a senior who will be majoring or minoring in the fine arts in college.