Discovering and Elevating Your Talent
Now in its fourth year, Overture’s Rising Stars is our area’s most exciting talent search, aimed at showcasing the wealth of talent in our community.
This year, a preparatory workshop will allow participants the chance to receive constructive feedback from local professionals before the audition process. Auditions will be held in August at Full Compass and Overture. Those selected from the auditions by our panel of judges will be invited to The Finals at Overture on SAT, SEP 9, 2017. The finalists will come together on the historic Capitol Theater stage to perform for the community and win cash prizes. One grand prize winner will be awarded the opportunity to perform during the 2018/19 season!
For full program details, please read the Audition Guide.
SAT, SEP 9 at 7:30 PM in Capitol Theater
This year’s finalists include:
- Brianna Ware
- C.a.M. Creating a Movement (Cameron Butler)
- Danielle Crim
- Derek Fredericksen
- Elijah Edwards
- Elizabeth Lahaie
- Ends Meet (Marai Binagi & Shaneiquia Conklin)
- Gotta Dance Clogging Team (Maddie Hampton, Felicia Holmes, Spencer Holmes, Claudia Ingebritsen, Sarah Claire Ingebritsen, Sydney Taylor, Erin Walker, Lindsey Wolf, Sarah Kate Kenney, Rianna Straka)
- Jeremiah Royale
- Kaylin Brandsma
- Lexus Anette
- Mad City Flyers (Sandra Newbury, Jess Clark, Luv Seamon)
- Margaret Brackey & Sarah Nathan
- Mea Marie
- Pete Pierantozzi
- Philip Watters
- Rachel Barsness
- Surya Ganesan
- Tziah McNair
Elijah Edwards performs on Overture Hall stage. Elijah was a finalist in the 2016 Rising Stars Competition.
Pacal “DJ Pain 1” Bayley
Known for his production on Young Jeezy’s platinum-selling album The Recession, producer Pacal “DJ Pain 1” Bayley stays busy. His journey started in the late 90’s while cultivating hip-hop sensibilities through visual art, DJing, and beat-making. He balanced a career in youth service/teaching with creating music, oftentimes marrying the two – he co-founded the first hip-hop performing arts program housed in an institute of higher education in Madison. Once he decided to focus on his production career, his resume quickly grew to include both legendary hip-hop acts (Public Enemy, MC Lyte) as well as contemporary hit-makers (Juicy J, 2 Chainz, 50 Cent). He has also garnered attention for his online video series on production and music business know-how. You can find DJ Pain 1 on Twitter and Facebook.
Jessica is the Artistic Director of Theatre LILA, a company founded in New York City in 2004 and recently transplanted to Madison, WI in 2013. For Theatre LILA she has directed and choreographed: The Mojo and The Sayso, TRASH: a Theatre LILA Invention, No Child…, The Suitcase Dreams and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Overture Center for the Arts. As a movement director and choreographer she has worked with American Players Theater on Seascape by Edward Albee, The Merry Wives of Windsor, An Ideal Husband and has choreographed Mary’s Wedding in the Touchstone at APT. Recent Theatre LILA projects include the musical Big Fish at Overture Center and an original dreamscape entitled The BED at the Union Theater in 2017.
Scott has always searched for colorful moments, and a childhood love of the circus and clowns dictated his life’s colorful future. Befriending clowns and circus performers who were travelling through his area, Scott learned the delicate art of making people laugh, a skill that lead to him owning his own circus for 8 years, and having the pleasure of appearing with his circus in Tim Burton’s movie Big Fish. After moving to Baraboo, WI, Scott performed and served as Operations Manager at the Circus World Museum before he was off to Feld Entertainment and a return to performing and booking talent for Ringling Bros. He’s also worked with The Big Apple Circus (where he served as Vice President and General Manager), and Live Nation. When the opportunity arose to return to Circus World, Scott seized it and currently serves as the Executive Director. Always honored to be a part of live entertainment, Scott believes that, “To be part of making memories through artistic talents is an amazing and humble honor. My life’s motto has always been ‘The child in the audience was and still is me.’”
Barbara is a senior marketing executive with over 20 years of progressive experience in the entertainment industry and 7 years of experience in non-profit media and community engagement. Her specific competencies include market plan development and implementation, staff supervision and development, profit and loss responsibilities, creative advertising management, public relations, vendor relations, media relations, retail outlet liaison, fundraising and program management. She is also the CEO of her own music marketing company, First Release Music.
From performing on Barack Obama’s campaign trail to gracing the Overture Center stage on several different occasions, Clyde always guarantees his audience a fun and memorable evening with his wit and humor. He has spent over a decade teaching and providing artistic direction in the Madison area.
Clyde is BET’s 106 & Park Allstar Wild Out Wednesday winner and the founder of House Arrest 2 Chapter 12 National Championship Dance Team on the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madison College campuses. Mayberry began his dance career 16 years ago with the Lussier Teen Center teaching the Crushin’ All Force Dance Team. In 2007, he led the team to win first place on BET’s sitcom 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesday.
He currently teaches hip-hop choreography to youth and adults in the greater Madison area. Clyde has been a contestant in many competitions on national and local levels, so he can relate to the emotions of auditioning. He is extremely excited and honored to judge and coach the next Overture’s Rising Stars.
This project is supported by Arts Access, a component fund of the Madison Community Foundation, Madison-Kipp Corporation & Dane Arts with additional funds from the Evjue Foundation
Contact Programming and Community Engagement Coordinator Emily Goretski