Thursday, March 4, 2010

Auditions for street performers on Saturday

street auditions
The City’s sector of culture will host street performer auditions this weekend to fill spots for this summer.

Last year, the department developed a authorize process for street performers in the downtown core. And they are using it again this year.

“This is a great chance for local performers to be able to perform downtown and suffuse culture into our streets,” said Onalee Groves, culture officer with the City of Barrie. “We had some astonishing talents come out last year, and we are hoping to get many more performers this time around.”

Anyone involved in performing downtown this summer needs to audition on Sunday.

Larry Christopher, who was one of 15 street performers selected last year, has already booked his audition time.

The guitar-playing Neil Young on the Street is set to once again contend for one of the street performer slots in Barrie.

“I had a great time last year. The times I went out were fantastic,” he said. “We were able to go to different locations. We were given a schedule, which I liked.”

Christopher said he enjoyed the experience, but there is room for improvements.

“Some of the spots weren’t as good as the others, but we had a meeting a few weeks ago and the city asked us about the locations, so we gave our feedback,” he said.

Groves said, as a result of the meetings, the number of busking sites and busking permits has been lowered to 10.

“Last year was our first year, it was a bit of a testing ground,” she said. “We have talked with last year’s performers and we are making some changes.”

Christopher, a chef by trade, has a few songs in mind for his audition. Having gone through the process before, he suggests those thinking of auditioning, stick to what they know.

“The auditions are not creepy, but they are very short, maybe three minutes,” he said. “So anyone coming out should play something that is going to catch the judges attention.”

Auditions run between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Downtown Community Theatre. The public is welcome to drop by and listen.

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