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Open Call Contest Finals Start Tonight at McCalllum

The highly popular talent competition hits the finals weekend; audience has a vote in judging.

The McCallum Theatre will hold its 14th annual Open Call Talent Competition starting tonight.

The three-day competition is organized by the McCallum Theatre
Institute, the education division of the McCallum Theatre. Local vocalists,
dancers and musicians will perform tonight, tomorrow and twice on Saturday.
This year's competition will feature about 90 performers, in 22 acts,
who were picked through auditions from among 181 entrants. Profiles of the
performers are posted on the theater's website.

At each one of the first three shows, the audience votes for their
favorites, and the combined audience vote carries the weight of one judge in
Saturday night's final performance, where the winners will be announced. The
final performance Sunday night will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded
to an audience favorite, second place and grand prize winner. The grand prize
winner will receive $2,500.

Ventriloquist Rob Watkins, the 2011 grand prize winner, will host the
competition. The event, which usually sells out, has become an audience
favorite, theater spokeswoman Cate Ervin said.

``We are excited to work with a large number of new artists this year as
well as welcome back people we've had the privilege to present before,'' said
Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, producer of the event.

All four performances are open to the public. For the 7 p.m.
performances today and tomorrow and the 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, tickets are $10, $15, $20 and $30, or $7 for children under 12.  

For the final performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, tickets are $15, $25, $40 and $50.

Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office, 73000 Fred Waring
Drive, by calling (760) 340-2767 or at www.mccallumtheatre.com.

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