April 5, 2011 > Hayward Idol
By Emma Victoria G. Blanco
It's Idol season. And while you can catch the American Idol spectacle on television, you may want to consider getting off the couch and watching local talent perform at a local venue. This year, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) is proud to present its fifth "Hayward Idol" on Saturday, April 9 at the Douglas Morrison Theater.
Auditions, open to anyone under the age of 18, were held in March at Hayward's Douglas Morrisson Theatre. Twenty-seven contestants competed to be one of only ten finalists by singing an a cappella song.
Mike Maine, Recreation Coordinator with HARD, is directing Hayward Idol for the third year. "I'm looking forward to a great show with ten evenly-skilled participants vying for the title of Hayward Idol," he said.
Those "evenly skilled" finalists will be returning to Douglas Morrison Theater on April 9 for the ultimate title of "Hayward Idol" and the community is invited to watch. Each finalist must sing two songs. Judges will critique contestants on overall presentation and technical skill. This year's panel of local judges includes choir singer Charlette Hudson, jewelry maker Laura Stull, and band member Connie Gaxiola. The top three finalists will receive a combination of MP3 players and iTune cards, and the winner will earn the coveted title of Hayward Idol Champion.
Maine is also hoping for one extra special performance. "We are attempting to have last year's winner come back and sing one song [while] the judges' scores are tallied," he said.
Tickets are required to watch the finals at $10 each. They can be purchased on the day of the event or during the theater's normal box office hours: Tuesday-Friday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Asked about what he thinks is the best part of Hayward Idol, Maine replied, "It provides an opportunity for young up-and-coming singers to perform on a professional stage in front of their family, friends and the community."
Saturday, April 9
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward