Open auditions for "Berkshire Idol," a singing competition and charitable fundraiser, are being held in the first week of April throughout Berkshire County.
On Friday, April 5, between 4 and 8 p.m., singers 7 years old and older are invited to audition at Berkshire South Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.
On Saturday, April 6, from 4 and 8 p.m., open auditions will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., North Adams.
The final audition opportunity will be Sunday, April 7, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield.
Contestants sing a cappella for a small panel of judges at auditions. There is no limit on the number of contestants that are asked to compete at semi-finals, which will be held on May 4 at Barrington Stage Company.
Contestants will have the month between auditions and semi-finals to prepare their music selection and practice their performance, while also raising money for the charity.
Only eight contestants from each age category (7-11, 12-16, and 17-adult) will advance to finals on May 11, also at Barrington Stage Company. Of the 24 contestants that make it to finals, a winner and a first place runner-up in each category will be announced by the judges at the live awards show.
Berkshire Idol is organized by a small group of volunteers dedicated to raising money for charitable organizations in Berkshire County. In the past five years, the event has given over $40,000 to local charities and organizations.
Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Family Life Support Center Inc., which operates Louison House Homeless Shelter.