Maine Games seeking national anthem vocalist

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Maine Games seeking national anthem singer

AUBURN — Singers from all over the state will gather at the Great Falls Arts Center Saturday, April 10, to compete for the title of this year’s Maine Games national anthem vocalist. The winner will get a chance to sing at Fenway Park prior to a Boston Red Sox game this season.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, at www.mainegames.org/anthemaudition.php.

 Since 2007, the Maine Games has held auditions to find a vocalist to represent the nonprofit organization around the state, and now around New England, at both sporting and nonsporting events.

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“This is the perfect way for us to find the right talent each year,” said Maine Games executive director Jeff Scully, who initiated the competition after he was unable to find a singer in time for a sporting competition.

In the second year, a simple question was added to the online application: “What does the Star-Spangled Banner mean to you?”

The competition has grown in scope over the years. The first season, the main prize was a chance to sing at the Maine Games opening ceremonies. In the second year, the winner was given the opportunity to sing prior to a Portland Seadogs game. And last year, besides the Hadlock Field appearance, the winner, Hannah Kramer of Cape Elizabeth, was invited to sing at the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Football All-star Game in Biddeford. She was also given a chance to sing at Fenway Park, prior to a Red Sox/Yankees Sunday night game which was televised on ESPN.

In addition to these prizes, the 2010 winner will get some studio time at the New England School of Communication in Bangor.

Auditions are open to the public. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with auditions beginning at 11 o’clock. They will last about two hours. There is a suggested donation of $3 per person at the door.

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