Auditions for the 2014 US Open Casting Call will be conducted through an open casting call, as well as a national online and DVD submission process.
By McCarton Ackerman, USOpen.org
Once again in 2014, talented young singers from across the country will have the chance to perform under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium as the USTA launches its eighth annual US Open Casting Call.
Winners will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to perform “America the Beautiful” in front of as many as 24,000 fans during a night session of this year’s US Open. Previous winners have used their US Open performances as springboards to land roles in Broadway musicals and regional productions across the country.
For more on the 2014 US Open casting call, including the official rules, and to submit an audition, please visit USOpen.org/castingcall.
Children must be 12 years of age (as of Sept. 8, 2014) or younger and can audition in one of two ways. The first is by submitting their performance either online or by sending in a DVD (submissions will be accepted until May 16). Also, a live open casting call for children 12 will be held in New York City at the Queens Theatre on July 8.
A select number of submissions will be chosen for a call-back, held the same day as the open casting call, in which the finalists will individually perform “America the Beautiful” a capella in front of the judges. The USTA will make its final singer selections in mid-July.
Past audition winners have come from throughout the tri-state area as well as from Alaska, California, and North Carolina.
“We are excited once again to host this amazing opportunity for children across the nation to showcase their talents on one of the biggest stages in sports”, said Gordon Smith, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, USTA.” The annual casting call is one of the most anticipated events we host leading up to the US Open. With so many talented young stars out there, we look forward to hearing what this year’s lineup has in store.”
All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges that include some of the most influential names in the music and entertainment industry. Previous judges have included "American Idol" standout Kimberley Locke, former Pussycat Dolls member Ashley Roberts and Broadway director Ray Roderick.
One of the biggest success stories of the US Open casting call is 12-year-old Frenie Acoba of New York. She was chosen to sing in Arthur Ashe Stadum for the first time in 2010, at the age of 8, and has performed under the lights every year since then. In addition to singing the "Star Spangled Banner" on Opening Night at last year’s US Open, she made her Broadway debut last March as Lavender in the hit musical "Matilda."