Take to the stage

Get your acts together for talent concert

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It's time for Craig's talented to dust off their dancing shoes and warm up their singing voices.

Auditions for the Craig Concert Association's Local Talent Concert are scheduled for the end of the month, and all musicians, dancers and singers are encouraged to try out.

"It's kind of amazing what comes out of the sagebrush around here," chairman Jim Simpson said about the talent of those who typically perform in the concert.

Simpson himself has starred in the show since its beginning, more than 25 year ago, and has been in charge of the past four.

"I just love to make music in all shapes and forms," he said.

He performs duets on classical guitar with Jim Vorhies. He also plays viola in the Cedar Mountain Strings and trumpet and French horn in Yampa Valley Brass.

These groups play pre-concert and intermission music for the program. Simpson said he has always liked this concert, which counts as the sixth in the series for association members.

So when the group was about to discontinue it because of lack of leadership, Simpson stepped up and made some changes. He formed a committee so one person was not responsible for all the work.

He and three other association board members will run auditions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Simpson asks that auditions be kept to between three and six minutes. Those unable to attend may submit a tape or CD of themselves before the tryout date.

Simpson typically auditions as many as 20 performers and accepts 15. He looks for stage presence, nervousness and the quality of the performance.

"It's pretty obvious the folks who shouldn't be there, and they know it," Simpson said.

This year's two-hour talent concert will be at 2 p.m. March 6 at the auditorium. Simpson said no prizes will be given for best performances.

"All you get is recognition for participation in the local talent concert," he said.

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