Youth talent searches to be held in Northeast Tenn., Southwest Va.


Finalists to perform alongside Broadway professionals

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Back by popular demand, the Mountain States Foundation and presenting sponsor, Consumer Credit Union, are gearing up for another “sensational” benefit concert to support Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and foundation officials are looking for a special set of talented kids to help out.

Auditions for “{One} Singular Sensational Evening {AGAIN}” will be held in three separate locations in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia in order to encourage participation from kids all across the region. Five finalists, including one featured soloist, will be invited to perform with four professional Broadway stars in an evening of entertainment at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on April 12, 2014. A number of extras will also be chosen from among the auditioning performers.

For this year’s auditions, children ages 7 to 17 are required to prepare a Broadway song, a country song or a classical song of their choosing. Each vocalist will have a 1-minute performance time. A CD player and a piano will be available at each audition, but vocalists will need to bring their own accompanists if desired.

Auditions will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m. at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn., Mathes Music Hall, Room 107
  • Monday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m. at Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn., Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre
  • Monday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m. at Barter Theatre Stage II in Abingdon, Va.


For more information, call Cookie McKinney at 423-431-1224.

The Broadway performers scheduled to lead “{One} Singular Sensational Evening” are Denise DiRenzo, who has performed in “Cats,” “A Chorus Line,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Guys and Dolls;” David Elder, who has performed in “White Christmas,” “Curtains,” “42nd Street,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “Once Upon A Mattress;” Gary Mauer, who performed as The Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Sweeney Todd;” and Cary Miller, who has performed in “Saturday Night Fever,” “Little Women” and “Seussical.”

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit

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