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Talent wanted for showcase honoring Katrina anniversary


By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's American Idol, South Mississippi style. Twelve-year-old Mollye Ladner auditions for her moment to shine under the bright lights. She sings a rendition of Joss Stone's 'Right to be Wrong.'

She quickly showed the judges she's no stranger to the spotlight. They agreed her voice showed maturity beyond her tender age.

"At 12 years old what a beautiful mature strong voice," said judge Anna Turner.

"For 12 years old you got a good start," said another judge Nick Machi.

Mollye got the judge's approval and her ticket to the next round of auditions on July 24th.

"I'm just excited. I don't even know. It's like speechlessness inside my head," said Ladner.

The Phenomenal People showcase will take place on August 29th, the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Instead of focusing on the devastation of that day, organizers hope to bring attention to the rebirth of the area. They say it's a community moving forward through the strengths and talents of its people, so why not celebrate it?

"It's time for us to unite. Let's say let's work together and enjoy ourselves with this event," said Ladner.

But, the search is still on for more talent and Hope CDA is sending out the call.

"We have phenomenal talent on the Gulf Coast, and let's share it with everyone," said Turner.

On August 29th, the winner of the singing competition will get recording time in a studio. The dance or mime group will be featured on a local television program.

Saturday, only singers auditioned. Next week, it's open call for dancers and mime performers. For the purposes of this showcase, they're looking for mime performers who perform interpretative moves to inspirational/spiritual music. 

That audition is next Saturday, June 26th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 425 Division Street at the Hope CDA offices in Biloxi.

Next month other auditions will be held. July 10th is once again open to all singers. July 17th is the audition date for dancers and mime performers.

For more information, you can call Hope CDA at 228-435-7180 or 228-436-7695.

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