We Found Some Stars on the Rise!
Overture’s Rising Stars leads to mainstage gig for two local acts, cash for six others
Photo courtesy of Kyle Jacobson
When you get your Overture Center subscription brochure next spring, it’ll have some local faces in it.
Singer/songwriter Corey Hart of Barneveld and punk bluegrass band The Madpolecats of Fall River will share the Capitol Theater stage as a part of the Overture Presents 2015/16 season, alongside national and international touring acts and Broadway productions. The Madpolecats are made up of Jesse Kaftanski, Jason Olson, Justin Olson, Jan Kaftanski, Angela Licari and Keaghan O’Reilly.
“It was, beginning to end, a terrific show. Corey and the Madpolecats especially were really impressive and professional,” said Tim Sauers, Overture’s vice president of programming. “I literally travel all over the country looking for artists to book on our season, and these two acts are as good as anything I see in New York or Chicago. We started six months ago hoping to discover some great local talent that we could maybe help elevate, and that’s exactly what happened. We couldn’t be happier.”
The date and ticket price for that show has not yet been determined. Neither will be new to Overture – Hart performed a MadCity Sessions show last year, and The Madpolecats will have their own MadCity Session in February. But those are free shows in the lobby – their gig next season will be a ticketed event on the historic Capitol Theater stage.
Six local acts also earned cash prizes of $250 each, including dancers Regan Batterman, Maggie Batterman and Frances Violante of Monona Academy of Dance; singer Meg Aspinwall of Madison; singer/songwriter Gabe Burdulis of Madison; hang drum player Shlomo Calvo of Madison; all-girl teen classic rock band Precocious of Monroe (made up of Jenna Smith, Alexa Thomann, Natalie Faith and Cammi Ganshert); and singer/dancers Jhanae Harris, Makahya Drake and Nataja Morressette of Trilogy, based in Madison.
The first finale of Overture’s Rising Stars was part of the performing arts center’s 10th Anniversary celebration. Overture officials are already working on securing audition sites for the second year of Rising Stars.
Overture’s 10th Anniversary Celebration was made possible by contributions from the Cummings Christensen Family Foundation; Madison Community Foundation; CUNA Mutual Foundation; Driftless Studio; Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP; Webcrafters Inc.; Nancy Barklage and Teresa Welch; Mary P. Burke Education Fund; The Evjue Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of the Capital Times; Penny Hubbard; Jim and Carol Ruhly; Axley; Bell Laboratories, Inc.; BMO Harris Bank; Findorff; Madison Kipp Corporation; Potter Lawson; A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust; Pat and Dan Cornwell; Terry Haller; Dick Moll; and Jennifer and Bill Zorr.
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