Those auditioning for the position of Maine Games National Anthem Vocalist are required to perform the Star Spangled Banner without any additional amplification or accompanyment. Use of a pitchpipe is allowed.
We also require those auditioning to perform the Star Spangled Banner as it was written, without any embellishment, or additional notes. We're only interested in a traditional, patriotic, upbeat, heartfelt rendition.
Singers must perform their version of the Star Spangled Banner within 90 seconds. No exceptions.
We expect those invited to audition will be dressed properly, at least business casual. No shorts, blue jeans, T-shirts, hats, sneakers or sandels. Please consider this to be a job interview, and you should dress to impress. We'll be taking photos and video of this event for publication.
Those auditioning will be expected to know all of the words to the Star Spangled Banner, and must be able to perform our national anthem without any mistakes. Practice, practice, practice. Even if you think you know all of the words to the song, make sure you double-check with the actual written lyrics. You get one chance to impress the judges. If you are nervous at the audition, we can't have confidence you'll be able to perform before large crowds.
There are three required appearances: 1) Maine Shrine Circus evening performance on the day of the audition at the Lewiston Collissee; 2) Hadlock Field, in Portland, prior to a Portland Seadogs game (scheduled in conjunction with the Seadogs); 3) Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic, Saturday, July 19, in Biddeford, Maine. Other available opportunities will be added and optional, including additional performances at the Maine Shrine Circus (either Portland or Augusta) during April school vacation week.
The Maine Games will provide a $50 gas card to our vocalist immediately following our audition to help pay for travel, however, the remainder of travel and other expenses may be the responsibility of the vocalist or their family. The Maine Games solicits donations from the public and supporters of our singers to help cover the expense of travel to and from performances.
The Maine Games may help promote our vocalist in other ways such as press releases, and printed promotional materials.