From the Morris Educational Foundation:
MORRIS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION AUDITIONS FOR ITS 11th ANNUAL MORRISTOWN ONSTAGE!
Talent show at Mayo Performing Arts Center in February 2018 will spotlight the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Plains and Morris Township.
Auditions Dec. 16, 2017, at Morristown High School
Morristown, New Jersey, Dec. 1, 2017 – Today is the last day for early-bird audition registrations for the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF)’s eleventh annual talent show, Morristown ONSTAGE! Regular registration is open until Dec. 8th.
The talent show will showcase the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Plains and Morris Township. The event will be held on Feb. 28, 2018, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey.
Four distinguished arts and entertainment professionals will judge the competition. Again this year there will be a $1,000 cash prize for 1st place for contestants ages 19 and over, $1,000 cash prize for 1st place for contestants ages 18 and under, a $500 award for the “Audience Choice” Winner which will be voted on that night at the show, and a $250 Rossoff Rising Star Award for talent training chosen by the Morristown ONSTAGE Steering Committee.
Auditions are open to anyone who lives, works, trains or goes to school in the towns of Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains. Alumni of Morristown High School are also invited to audition. Groups who have at least one member who lives, works, trains or goes to school in the towns of Morristown, Morris Township or Morris Plains qualify to audition.
Auditions will take place on Dec. 16, 2017, at Morristown High School. Anyone interested in auditioning must register at the event’s website, www.morristownonstage.com. The deadline for registering for auditions is December 8, 2017 and the audition fee is $25. There is an early registration fee of only $20, if the registration is received by December 1.
“We are so excited to celebrate 11 years of extraordinary talent in our community and 11 years of Morristown ONSTAGE raising money to fund initiatives supporting the students in the Morris School District. We have raised over $525,000 over the last 10 years from the event and we hope to raise a record amount this year,” said Molly Servais, Morristown ONSTAGE event chair and member of the Morris Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.
Last year’s sold-out event was emceed by Tara Bernie, who is a four time Emmy-nominated senior television producer. For 18 years, she was with NBC’s Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood LIVE. Beyond the lights and cameras, Bernie is Morristown resident and a Morris School District parent. She will be returning this year to reprise her role as emcee.
Servais added, “You won’t want to miss this year’s show. We are planning to showcase the 10 incredible schools in the Morris School District and always have a few surprises planned for the audience.”
“The Morris Educational Foundation is very excited about Morristown ONSTAGE. We are proud to give our community’s local amateur talent an opportunity to perform in front of their hometown, and in a top notch facility such as the Mayo Performing Arts Center” said Patty Haralampoudis, Chairperson of the Morris Educational Foundation.
“The event sold out in two days last year so be sure to get your tickets as soon as they go on sale in early 2018.”
“The Morris Educational Foundation is an integral part of the Morris School District and this fundraising event will further the Foundation’s ability to distribute financial and other resources to and for the Morris School District for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and educational opportunities for students in the district,” added Servais.
Last year, the event raised over $126,000 for the Morris Educational Foundation. Tickets for the show will go on sale in early 2018 through The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.
The Morris Educational Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) that seeks to attract private resources to support a variety of educational programs and initiatives in support of the Morris School District. Through effective solicitation and distribution of funds, the Morris Educational Foundation helps enable the District to continue to be the model of visionary social and educational leadership it has been since its inception. For more information, visit the website at www.morrisedfoundation.org.