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.
Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Family Life Support Center Inc., which operates Louison House Homeless Shelter.