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Downstage Idol is your chance for fame on the Coast

The search is on for a singer talented enough to open for the musical production “Rock of Ages,” coming to Ocean Springs in November.

First that person must make it through the tryouts and finals of Downstage Idol, coming up in Gulfport this month.

Trae Spears, president of Downstage Productions, said his company stages three Broadway shows a year. “Rock of Ages” is Downstage’s third of the year. It will rock the crowd with the music of the ’80s on stage at the Mary C. O’Keefe in Ocean Springs Nov. 3-6.

Now they’re looking for South Mississippi’s most talented vocalists and musicians, and Spears said, “We’re wanting to have the winner perform pre-show at ‘Rock of Ages.’ ”

The winner will open the Nov. 3 show.

Contestants can pre-register online, but must be at least 12 years old. The competition is open to soloists, duos and groups. The entry fee is $20 per act for those pre-registered and $25 the day of the preliminary round at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at Nugent United Methodist Church, 13183 John Clark Road, Gulfport.

Spears said singers should bring a music CD to sing along to.

The top 20 performers will move on to the finals Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Juan Tequila’s Mexican Grill, 17920 16th St. near Canal Road in Gulfport.

The winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize and the opportunity to rock the house opening night.

Judges for the competition will be Carolyn Martin, Jim Rux and LeAnne Womble.