Wednesday, November 30, 2011

LA’S Next Great Stage Star™ Competition Returns

Sterling's Upstairs at Vitello's has set Saturday and Sunday, Dec 10 - 11 as audition dates for the 6th annual LA's Next Great Stage Star™ competition, announced today by producers Michael Sterling and Tony Monsour of Michael Sterling & Associates (

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm both days. To schedule an appointment, potential contestants may call Michael Sterling & Associates at 818 623-7300 x 2 beginning Monday, December 5th. The annual competition, which began in 2007, will be presented at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s located in Studio City, California’s trendy Tujunga Village as a series of six consecutive, early afternoon, Sunday matinees January 8 through February 12, 2012.

LA’s Next Great Stage Star™ is geared to discovering fresh, young talent for the theatre stage. Twenty (20) contestants between the ages of 18 – 32 will compete for the 2012 title. This year’s competition will once again be judged by an elite panel of LA theatre industry professionals.

2012 Stage Star Judges include:

Michael Donovan, Michael Donovan Casting

Daniel Solis, Disney Entertainment Casting

Dan Mojica, Producer/Director/Choreographer, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Tours

Stephanie Coltrin, Artistic Director, CLOSBC

Robert Marra, Co-Artistic Director, Musical Theatre of Los Angeles

Calvin Remsberg, Vocal Coach and Director

David Elzer, Producer, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Life Could be a Dream

Steven Glaudini,Artistic Producer/Director, Musical Theatre West

John LeLonde, Artistic Director, Candlelight Pavilion

TJ Dawson, Artistic Director, 3D Theatricals

Richard Israel, Co-Artistic Director, West Coast Ensemble

Tim Dietlein, Artistic Director/Producer, Glendale Centre

Jodie Bowman, Kazarian, Spencer, Ruskin & Associates

Steven Dry, Schiowitz/Connor/Ankrum/Wolf

Dave Secor, Daniel Hoff Agency

Contestants will compete at each competition with no eliminations until the Finale on February 12. The Finale will determine the selection of 1 winner and 4 finalists. An entry fee of $350 will apply to all contestants.

LA’s Next Great Stage Star™ 2012 will receive a $1000 cash prize, a lucrative, paid headlining engagement at Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s during 2012 and other prizes. The remaining four finalists will also receive cash prizes and paid headlining debuts at the famed supper club.

Additionally, the winner and top 4 finalists will audition for Julia Flores of Julia Flores Casting, Rigby/McCoy Productions at the La Mirada Performing Arts Center in La Mirada; and Glenn Casale, Artistic Director for California Music Theatre’s Sacramento Music Circus in Sacramento.

All 20 contestants will also audition during the competition for Artistic Director Lewis Wilkenfeld of Cabrillo Music Theatre housed at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks.

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