-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
LOCAL CAPPELLA GROUPS INVITED TO COMPETE FOR BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE PERFORMANCE
TWO EXCTING EVENTS LAUNCHED
IN ANTICIPATION OF VOCALOSITY
NEW HOPE, PA (6/9/2016) – “Vocalosity,” the sensational a cappella concert experience that is re-launching its North American tour at Bucks County Playhouse September 23 – October 2, is providing opportunities for local community and student a cappella groups with a chance to compete to perform as an opening act for the show! Two opportunities — The “Aca-Performance of a Lifetime” video contest and the “Aca-Masterclass Weekend” for students — will shine the footlights on local talent, and give participants the opportunity to work under the direction of “Pitch Perfect” producer Deke Sharon, himself.
“Vocalosity’s” “Aca-Performance of a Lifetime” contest is an opportunity for local a cappella groups to compete for an opportunity to perform as the “opening act” for one performance of “Vocalosity” at Bucks County Playhouse during the opening weekend.
To enter, contestants must submit a 1-2 minute video recording of their a cappella group performing any contemporary song and upload to YouTube. Groups may make the link public or unlisted, and email the YouTube link to: Info@VocalosityOnTour.com. The YouTube links will also be shared on the official “Vocalosity” YouTube channel as a playlist organized by city, as well as on the Bucks County Playhouse website. Three (3) finalist videos will be selected and sent to the creative team of “Vocalosity” who will determine the winner.
The second opportunity is the “Aca-Masterclass Weekend.” Designed for local scholastic a cappella groups, “Pitch Perfect” producer Deke Sharon will hold a master class at the Playhouse and give local groups and opportunity to explore performance techniques, discuss what it takes to make it in the performance industry, and receive coaching. The event will take place on October 2, 2016 before the matinee performance of “Vocalosity.” School groups attending this event are also competing for the opportunity to perform as the “opening act” for one performance of the show on September 30, October 1, or October 2.
The winning group of the video competition as well as the selected schools from the “Aca-Masterclass Weekend” will be chosen to perform a maximum of 5 minutes at the top of a specific performance of “Vocalosity.” In addition, the winning group of the video competition will receive one comp ticket per performer to stay and attend the evening’s performance. The song selection(s) for all groups will be approved by “Vocalosity” in advance to avoid any duplication with the “Vocalosity” program.
The video contest will launch on June 3. All video submissions and Aca-Masterclass Weekend applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, September 9. The winner of the competition and the schools selected to perform will both be announced the week of September 12 to give the selected groups time to prepare for their performance and coordinate tickets for their friends and family.
“Vocalosity” is a fast-paced production featuring an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements that set a new standard for 12-part harmony.
It’s the aca-perfect concert experience!
“Vocalosity” runs September 23 – October 2 at Bucks County Playhouse. Tickets are $35 - $55 plus fees. To purchase tickets or for more information on Bucks County Playhouse visit buckscountyplayhouse.org or call the box office at (215)862-2121. For more information regarding the video competition or Aca-Masterclass Weekend, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Bucks County Playhouse, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the oldest and largest professional Equity performing arts center in Bucks County. Under the direction of Tony Award-winning producers, Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman, the Playhouse provides first class professional theatrical entertainment as well as community events, partnerships and arts education programming for visitors and residents of New Hope, Doylestown, Lambertville and the Delaware Valley.
Located between Philadelphia and New York, Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill after a group of community activists, led by Broadway orchestrator Don Walker and playwright Moss Hart, rallied to save the building. The Playhouse quickly became one of the country’s most famous regional theaters, featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, George S. Kaufman, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Walter Matthau, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Liza Minnelli and Audra McDonald and remained in continuous operation until December 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and Broadway producer Jed Bernstein.
Since its renovation, significant productions include Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” starring Tyne Daly, which moved to Broadway and was nominated for two Tony Awards, and “Misery” by William Goldman based on the Stephen King novel which also went on to a Broadway run in the 2015-16 season. Two of the Playhouse’s recent productions -- “Company” starring Justin Guarini, and William Finn’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” -- were named by Wall Street Journal to its “Best of Theatre” list for 2015.