The 2016 Beaver Dam Singing Star competition will be held at Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, 219 N. Spring St., starting Thursday.

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will receive $500, second place will receive $100 and third place will receive $50.

The show is similar to “American Idol” and features vocal soloists. Each night the same 12 contestants will sing new songs and audience votes will accumulate until a winner is picked at the Jan. 16 show. A top 12 group of performers was selected by audition judges Jenny Addison, Dan Doyle and Donn Gasner.

Kaylin Brandsma is a freshman at Portage High School. She plays the flute in band and is also learning guitar. She is active in the school choral program, swing choir and concert choir. Kaylin had a lead role as “Rosie” in the Zona Gale young people’s theater production of “Really Rosie” in 2015.

Anna Marie Davidson is a freshman at Portage High School where she participates in mixed band and choir. She has been part of many productions through Zona Gale Youth Theater, most recently performing as Kathy in the musical, “Really Rosie.” As a youth leader for North Scott 4-H, she helped direct her club in “Annie” for the Columbia County 4-H Music Festival last month. Anna enjoyed participating in Beaver Dam Singing Star last year.

Zachary Dean from Beaver Dam is delighted to return to the BDACT stage. Previous BDACT credits include “Pretty Hot and Talented,” “The Wedding Singer,””Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Footloose.” Dean performs with regional theatres and this spring he will join Milwaukee Opera Theatre in “1776.” He is a recent graduate of the UW-Milwaukee BFA acting program.

Kody DeVries of Waupun enjoys singing and has competed in multiple contests around the area.

Emily Jackson from Pickett is a senior at Laconia High School and takes lessons for both piano and voice. She was recently in Pankratz Arts Exchange’s Christmas show “Snow.” After high school she plans to go to college for music performance and education.

Brienna Landsness of Beaver Dam has been singing for about seven years and loves to perform. She was recently in “Shrek the Musical” and “Nunsense 2.” Landsness was a contestant in last year’s Singing Star and loved meeting new people with the same interests.

Persephone McDougal from Beaver Dam is a student at Washington School. She has already performed in a couple of shows at BDACT including “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Peter Pan Jr.”

Larry Meredith of Horicon has been singing since he was 7. He performed throughout school and was a vocal music major for two years in college.

Christina Miller from Beaver Dam has performed at BDACT many times. Her latest show was “The Fox on the Fairway” where she played Louise.

Brittany Neas from North Fond du Lac has participated in the Bright Start talent competition for four years. She has also performed in “The Wizard of Oz” and with the Horace Mann High School Choir.

Andrea Niederehe of Fond du Lac has been a chorus member and/or dancer in several high school and community theatre musicals. She also enjoys singing in karaoke bars. Niederehe thanks her fiancé for always putting up with her singing around the house.

Alexandra Steen from Beaver Dam competed in Beaver Dam Singing Star last year. She competes in various vocal contests in the area as much as possible. Steen began singing in middle school and was active in choir in high school.

Show emcee Rick Ramirez will help audiences get to know the contestants and guide them through the wide variety of musical styles picked by the competitors. Some of the artists that will be covered include Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac, Huey Lewis and the News, The Eagles, The Supremes, Tracy Byrd, Adele and songs from “Les Miserables.”

Don’t miss your chance to be a judge and cast your vote for the next Beaver Dam Singing Star. Tickets are $10, $12 or $14 and are on sale online at www.bdact.org or at Rechek’s Food Pride in Beaver Dam or by calling 887-7675.

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