Photo courtesy The Grand Theater.

WAUSAU — The Grand Theater will partner with Overture Center for the Arts in Madison to expand the 2019 Rising Stars talent search to Wausau, The Grand Theater announced recently.

Auditions will be held at performing arts centers across the state this summer, and The Grand will host auditions on July 20. Registration for the free, statewide talent search began on June 1.

“We’re thrilled to be a new partner of the Overture Center in the Rising Stars program,” said The Grand’s Executive Director, Sean Wright, in a news release. “We know there is exceptional talent here in north central Wisconsin and the expansion of the program will allow us to recognize and celebrate these talented local artists throughout our service region.”

Participants of all skill levels and talents (ages 6+) will have the opportunity to develop their talent with guidance from industry pros. There will be three age categories with $750 cash prizes and one grand prize winner will receive a $1k prize, booking opportunities, a digital marketing consultation and the chance to perform at Overture during the 2020/21 season.

Auditions will be held at four statewide locations, each with a panel of local celebrity judges (to be announced). Acts selected from the preliminary auditions will be invited to The Callback on Aug. 17. The Workshop on Aug. 25 will give those moving on another opportunity to perform and receive constructive feedback from industry professionals before they head to The Finals at Overture Center on Sept. 14. The finalists will come together on the grand Overture Hall stage to perform for the community, win cash prizes, be seen by talent buyers, and more.

2019 Overture’s Rising Stars Statewide Schedule:

The Auditions

July 13 at The Grand Oshkosh, Oshkosh

July 20 at The Grand Theater, Wausau | REGISTER AT OVERTURE.ORG/RISINGSTARS

July 27 at Overture Center for the Arts, Madison

Aug. 3 at Viterbo University Fine Arts Center, La Crosse

The Callback
Aug. 17 in Overture Hall at Overture Center for the Arts, Madison

The Workshop
Aug. 25 at Overture Center for the Arts, Madison

The Finals
Sept. 14 in Overture Hall at Overture Center for the Arts, Madison

See Overture’s Rising Stars at the Madison Night Market from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 13

See Overture’s Rising Stars at Fete de Marquette from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. July 13

See The North Code, the 2018 Grand Prize Winner, perform as the opener for Kittel & Co. on Oct. 4.

Rising Stars promo video:

Photo courtesy The Grand.