Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

November 15, 2012

Who will be the first...Merrimack Valley Idol?

Panel of three to decide

Quota International of Andover will present “Merrimack Valley Idol,” a competition among what local theater gurus consider highly talented local vocalists, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Wyndham Andover from 6 to 10 p.m.

The contestants come from Andover, Lawrence, Haverhill, Methuen, Dracut, Bradford, Beverly and Pelham, N.H. They will be competing for $500 in prize money and a chance to open a future performance by the New England Tenors.

Auditions were held in early October with the judges choosing 12 contestants from the talent who came out that evening. Judges for the event include local theater-group celebrities Josie Walker, Elly Seavey and Mike Fay. Josie Walker is a retired Andover Public School music teacher, director/producer of Merrimack Jr. Theater, founder of Confetti Kids and The Jellybeans. Elly Seavey is a retired Andover Public School reading specialist and producer/director of the DCS Children’s Studio for the Arts and Summer Theater Ensemble.

Mike Fay created TTS Players as the performing arts arm of his TTS Inc., which also includes That’s the Spirit Sports.

This annual Quota club fundraiser will also feature dinner, silent and live auctions, a cash bar and more. Quota International of Andover is a non-profit [501C (3)] organization whose focus is to provide financial support, time and resources to help meet the needs of disadvantaged women and children and hearing impaired children in the Merrimack Valley. The public is welcomed to attend this event. Both ticket and complete tables reservations are available for purchase by contacting Louise Hadad at lhadad@comcast.net.

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