Take a chance at winning $500 when the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and the Capitol Theatre team up again to bring back Acappella & Unplugged as part of 1864 Weekend.

Returning after the success of last year, auditions for the popular vocal competition will be held June 1 from 6pm to 8pm and June 2 from 8pm to 10pm at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg.

Performers of all ages are invited to audition and can be solo or groups with vocals or unplugged instrumental. Those auditioning are asked to be able to carry their instruments on stage, and that it does not require electricity. Microphones will be provided. Acts must be appropriate for a variety of ages and be celebratory – lively and inspiring, something that will make the audience come to life. There is also a $10 entry fee per group.

Last year, nearly 30 competitors performed before judges during the audition stages, including a barbershop quartet, a sibling group, local singers and even a performer from Lebanon County. Last year’s winners, sibling duo Taylor Piper and Kristopher Potter, took home the $500 grand prize and performed in front of the crowd gathered for the 1864: The Burning light show.

Over the past five years, 1864–the light show and story of the ransoming, burning and rebirth of Chambersburg – attracted thousands of visitors. It showed the local events that were part of national history. Moving out of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, celebrating the people, who rebuilt Chambersburg, is a main focus. The musical competition is a way of celebrating those people and their incredible spirit.

Top performers from the audition will be invited to perform and compete in Acappella & Unplugged ROUND 1 on June 25 at 7 p.m. on stage at the Capitol Theatre, where a panel of judges will select the top six acts.
From here, ROUND 2 will be public voting. Beginning Monday, June 27 at noon, friends, family and the general public can vote by liking the act on the Franklin County Visitors Bureau Facebook page –www.Facebook.com/FCVBen.
Voting for these finalists will go on until July 13, when the top three will be invited to perform on the courthouse steps the evening of July 16 as part of the festivities leading up to the “1864: The Burning” light show.

After the performance, the winner will be selected by tabulating in-person votes and Facebook votes. The act with the most votes wins the $500 grand prize.

All previous year’s participants, except the winning performers, are invited to return to Acappella & Unplugged 2016.

To register to audition, participants can register through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-cappella-unplugged-auditions-tickets-24778128048.