Scituate Idol gives local singers a stage

Scituate Idol gives local singers a stage

Meryl Brousseau, 11, of North Scituate, performs for the judges, who include from left, Leah McCarvill, Jaclyn Leigh Tirocchi, and David Sweet at the preliminary auditions for the Scituate Idol competition, held last Friday. (Breeze photos by Robert Emerson)

SCITUATE – Students from Smithfield and Scituate stepped forward for a chance to stand in the limelight on March 10 at the Scituate High School.

Auditions were being held for the first Scituate Idol competition, which was opened to aspiring singers in neighboring towns as well.

Fourteen kids, grades ranging from fourth to 12, were anxiously waiting outside the auditorium until their number was called. Some played piano, some played acoustic guitar, others wielded only the full force of their vocals.

They were all competing for the chance to be chosen as a finalist for the live performance to be held on March 31, where the audience votes for their favorite artist. The winner receives $200 worth of private voice lessons from Jaclyn Leigh Mezzo Soprano and the opportunity to sit on the panel of judges for next year’s competition.

But of course, competitors had to get through the first round of auditions in front of a three judge panel. The judges were Jaclyn Leigh Tirocchi, local vocal coach; David Sweet, assistant principal at Scituate Middle and High School; and Leah McCarvill, 2015 graduate and musician.

The auditions included a diverse mix of music, with everything from “Wicked” on Broadway to the Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go” from Walt Disney animated film “Moana.”

Finalists, announced on March 11, are divided into two divisions - Idol, grades seven-12, and Jr. Idol, grades four - six.

The junior division includes Brady and Riley Benedict Smith, Meryl Brusseau, Emily Burton, Emilena Filippelli, and Simona Mancini.

The older division includes Alysha Agrela, Zack Finnegan, Emily Grande, Jessica Lamoureaux, Zoe Plaisted, Sofia Pardo Quatrocchi, and Sydney Yeaw.

Noted by the judges in between auditions was the courage each student had to have to get up on stage and share their talent.

Filippelli impressed the panel with her soulful performance of John Legend’s “All of me,” which she sung while also playing piano.

There were also pop hits, like Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” performed by Pardo Quatrocchi. She brought the same signature confidence Keys often rocks. The competition also allows students who may usually be shy to come out of their shells.

When Lamoureaux approached the stage, her small stature seemed to get lost on the big stage. However, her voice soared to the highest peaks of “The Wizard and I,” from “Wicked” and filled any empty space in the room. Finnegan, who happens to be the only guy in the competition, strummed his guitar and sang the Plain White T’s single, “Hey There Delilah.”

With this mix of singers, the competition will feature a wide array of music.

The live performance starts at 6:30 p.m. on March 31 at Scituate High School. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8, free for children under five.

For the performers, the chance to share a hidden talent is priceless.