Eastside High to hold entertainment showcase

COVINGTON -- Eastside High School wants students to kick off their fall break with a special entertainment showcase; and the community is invited, too.

The school will hold its first Eastside MusicFest 2011 at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school's auditorium.

The event will feature Eastside High singers, dancers and instrumentalists.

"Participants include soloists, duets and some small groups," said school chorus director Joel Singleton.

In addition to performing, the students are competing.

"The students will be rated and scored by a panel of three judges," Singleton said. "Unlike 'American Idol,' it's not an open critique, but simply a scored system with the act receiving the highest rating in each category declared the winner."

The audience will get to participate in the competition by voting for their favorites.

"The audience members will have a chance to vote during the evening on a People's Choice winner, and that winner will get to perform a second selection to conclude the entire program," Singleton said. "The People's Choice will obviously be the act that receives the most votes. This may or may not be someone who has already won in a particular category."

Each category's winner will receive a cash prize.

The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students.

"The funds we raise help us for funding our choral district large group performance evaluation that we'll attend in March and also allow us the opportunity to work towards more resources for our program such as music and new equipment," Singleton said.

The school plans to make it an annual event.