RAHWAY, NEW JERSEY — For 15 intrepid singers, the dream of emerging as The Best Musical Theatre Voice in New Jersey will move one step closer to reality as the semi-final round of the 2014 Fearless Icon Vocal Competition takes place Monday, Dec. 1 from 8-10 pm at Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway NJ.
First prize? The winner gets to sing the dream role of their favorite musical theatre show.
Fearless Productions, Rahway’s resident theatre company, will purchase full stage rights and present the winner’s chosen play at Hamilton Stage in Summer, 2015.
Sound like An Impossible Dream for Some Enchanted Evening? Not if the judges Get a Kick Out of You.
Culled from an original field of 100 hopefuls, the 15 semi-finalists comprise a diverse group ranging in age from teens to late fifties hailing from towns big and small across the Garden State.
Vying for the five spots in the Dec. 14 final round are: Nikki Ashe (Lake Hiawatha), Lindsay Cherin (Manalapan), Darius Delk (North Brunswick), Michael Dooley (Cranford), Michael Ferlita (Sayreville), Kevin Hack (Parlin), Tim James(Somerset), Brianna Jarvis (Union City), Jessica Mennella (Montville), Taylor Patullo (Bridgewater), Kate Pentek(Sayreville), Suzanne Ramsey-Restivo (Monroe), Leslie Silverman (West Windsor), Kyrus Keenan Westcott(Hamilton), Kara Wilson (Rahway).
“The heart and soul of a great musical is a determined character giving everything they’ve got to achieve their dream,” says Fearless Productions artistic director Brian Remo. “With Fearless Icon, each contestant puts that heart and that soul on stage to attain their own theatre dream.”
Fearless Productions is a New Jersey drama ensemble who made an Off Broadway debut at the Snapple Theater Center this past Spring with Joelle Arqueros’ Sex, Relationships and Sometimes…Love. They’ll present To Kill a Mockingbirdat Hamilton Stage this Sept. 26-Oct. 5 and Nine: The Musical at Hamilton Stage from Mar. 6-22, 2015.
Brian Remo believes Fearless Icon will discover a rich, new mother lode of untapped musical theatre talent.
“The next great Broadway singer is living somewhere in New Jersey,” he says. “Our mission is to find help them find their way to the stage.”
** For more information about the 2014-15 performance season at Union County Performing Arts Center and Hamilton Stage, visit www.ucpac.org.