Members of the Watertown-Mayer High School student council are organizing a “Watertown Idol” event that is open to the entire community.
The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., at the Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center at the high school. Auditions for the event will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 14 and from 3-5 p.m. on Jan. 15.
Although auditions will be held, Watertown-Mayer Performing Arts Center Director Joyce Peterson said the auditions are meant largely to ensure all acts are appropriate, and to gauge how long the actual event will last.
“Pretty much everybody that auditions will be in the show,” Peterson said. “We want to have as much community involvement as possible, because we want to bring as many people from community into the PAC as we can.”
The event is being organized predominantly by Peterson and three members of the WMHS student council: Stefanie Maas, MacKenzie Farber and Ryan Michaletz. Though the event borrows its name from the popular singing competition on FOX, the organizers said this event is not a competition, and is not just for singers.
“It’s not judged, and it’s not a competition,” Peterson said. “It’s really just a talent showcase for the community and a fundraiser for the student council.”
The talent show will be the first for the high school in a number of years. However, this one is believed to be the first that will be a community wide talent showcase.
“I definitely think it’s a neat idea because we haven’t had a talent show in a long time,” Michaletz said. “If we reach out into the community, we’ll be able to bring in more people, and it will be something people want to come to.”
Tickets for the event will be $5 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.