Greenfield Idol: Not just for kids

GREENFIELD — Although one tends to see fresh faces on stage for the annual Greenfield Idol singing competition, now in its third year, there is one thing organizer Christine Schaefer wants to make clear – the contest is open to anyone age 15 and up.

“It’s not just a teenage talent show,” she said, “It’s a community event.”

Auditions before a panel of judges will be held 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at co-sponsor Quality Inn, 2270 N. State St. There is a non-refundable fee of $15 to audition. Those selected for the contest will compete Saturday, Feb. 22 and March 1 at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts downtown, where the audience will help select the winner. Top finishers win cash prizes.

“It’s a $300 first prize,” Schaefer said. “Gosh, for $300, I’d sing.”

But instead, she’ll be running the show, which raises money for the KidsPlay Inc. theater scholarship, awarded since 2008 to a KidsPlay or CrazyLake Acting Co. alum in his or her senior year of high school, to be used towards a college degree in any aspect of theater or other performing arts.

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