Summer amateur series is seeking performers

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One doesn’t need to be a professional entertainer to perform at the Columbia County Amphitheater this summer.

Local performers are encouraged to sign up through March 31 for a chance to showcase their talents as part of the Columbia County Amateur Series, a program headed by county Rental Facilities and Venues Manager Sandy Boner.

“The whole point behind it is to get people into our parks and to benefit the community by offering entertainment,” Boner said.

“I feel like the local people have so much talent,” she said. “If it works out, we can offer them a venue to get exposure.”

The talent can be any form of en­tertainment, as long as it’s family-friendly, Boner said. No profane language or vulgar behavior will be allowed, and potential performers must submit a short clip of the act with their application.

Examples of appropriate types of talent are music, drama, reading, juggling and hula hoop, said Marilyn Heuer, the marketing manager for the Rental Facilities and Venues Department.

“We hope to get quite an interesting mix of things,” she said.

About 46 people have already signed up for the series, which Boner hopes to make an annual event.

“It’s quickly getting bigger than I ever anticipated, but that’s a good thing,” Boner said.

Presenters must audition after all applications have been submitted.

Beginning this summer, the two-hour performances will be on most Fridays through the end of August, and judges will choose a winner for each month.

Those three winners will compete at the final event in August. The overall winner will receive a gift package to help further his or her career, Boner said.

“On the last night, we’ll have judges, but we’ll have our little decibel reader,” she said. “We’ll have the audience help to vote.”

The event is free for the public and for performers to submit applications.

To sign up, call Boner at (706) 868-3349 or visit www.savannahrapids.com.


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