BIG SHOW -- Residents invited to try out their star power at auditions this month and next

Are there any Ballad Towne Idols out there? Pruella Centers wants to know.

Centers' husband, Ken, is a member of the Theatre in the Grove board of directors. She thought it would be fun to come up with a fundraising project for the local theater group that involved the entire community - and then some.

'We're giving people a chance to show their star potential,' said Centers. Anyone in Forest Grove - or Washington County, for that matter - who is 16 years or older can try out for a local simulation of the popular television reality show.

Auditions for a 'Ballad Towne Idol' production, to be held in Forest Grove, will take place Sept. 30 from 12-7 p.m. and Oct. 1 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Studio Theater, 2011 Main St.

The tentative date for the show itself is Oct. 13. A $100 prize and a trophy will go to the winner.

Those interested in auditioning should come with music to a song they're prepared to sing - no longer than 45 second, please - and their current contact information. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.

Entry fee for the audition is $10 per person. For more information, call Theatre in the Grove at 503-359-5349.

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