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  • Serving as a resource for the coordination, development and support of art and culture for the benefit of the Missoula community.

First Night Spotlight is a teen  singing competition in the spirit of American Idol. It is produced via a  partnership between Townsquare Media, MCPS Flagship, UM Productions and Arts Missoula. There is one preliminary  event at each area high school (Hellgate, Sentinel and Big Sky), and one  at the University Center Theater for students from the surrounding areas. Finalists are chosen from each  preliminary to go on to the final event at the Dennison Theatre on New  Year's Eve. On New Year's Eve, a winner and two runners up are chosen. 

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Maximum of 3 Performers

All acts must include a vocal performance

 ALL PERFORMERS & ACCOMPANISTS MUST BE REGISTERED STUDENTS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL WHERE THEY ARE AUDITIONING. If you are a home school student you, and anyone else performing with you or providing accompaniment must be of high school age. 

 Performers will be judged on the following criteria: 

 Voice Quality

 Song Choice

 Stage Presence

 Audience Engagement 

 Performers can gain bonus points in these optional categories: 

 Original Material

 Dramatization / Choreography


 Preliminary Round Schedule: 

 Dec 4 - Big Sky High School - Auditorium - 3:15 pm 

 Dec 6 - Hellgate High School - Hellgate HS Auditorium - 3:15 pm 

 Dec 8 - Willard, Sentinel & Surrounding Areas

 University Center Theater - 11:30 am


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