The Smyrna Opera House will host the opening night performance of its popular vocal talent competition “Smyrna's Got Voice – Kids Rock!” on Feb. 23.

The Smyrna Opera House will host the opening night performance of its popular vocal talent competition "Smyrna's Got Voice – Kids Rock!" on Feb. 23.

The exciting competition, based on the hit television series, "American Idol", will feature a group of 14 singers between the ages of 10 to 17 from throughout central and southern Delaware, including: Middletown, Townsend, Smyrna, Clayton, Dover, Camden, Magnolia and Lewes.

David Keller, the Opera House executive director notes, "This season's Smyrna's Got Voice competition will only feature young people. The Programs Committee wanted to switch things up again and we have had a lot of kids express interest in participating so we decided to strictly feature children. The talent this year is amazing and our young singers are looking forward to showcasing their vocal chops. Please come out and support the kids!"

In round one, each performer will have an opportunity to sing one vocal selection that best showcases their voice. After each performance a panel of three judges will provide constructive criticism and helpful suggestions. The panel includes: Barbara Bigelow, Scot McClymont and David Thomas, who also will be providing the musical entertainment, while votes are being tallied. Audience members vote to see who moves on to round two.

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and by donations from a broad base of public agencies, corporations and individual supporters.

About Smyrna's Got Voice – Kids Rock

Auditions for Smyrna's Got Voice – Kids Rock! were held on Feb. 1, with the top 14 singers selected to participate in the competition that kicks off on Feb. 23. There are two age brackets with seven kids competing in each. The first group includes kids aged 10 to 13 while the second group includes kids aged 14 to 17. Each group will be reduced to five contestants for round two on March 23 and then three contestants for the finale on April 27.

Audience members will play a key role in the event as they decide who moves on each round. The judges only vote in the event of a tie and all decisions are final.

Smyrna's Got Voice – Kids Rock! (round one) is scheduled at the Smyrna Opera House on Feb. 23. The performance will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m., with the auditorium doors opening at 6:15 p.m. All seats are general admission. There will be a cash bar available.

Advanced tickets are $13.00. Family four-pack (must include two kids) is $30.00.

Discounts are available for children 12-and-under and students with ID.

Please note that there are no discounts if tickets are purchased via the Smyrna Opera House website. Contact the box office for complete information. Tickets can be purchased by calling 653-4236, visiting the website or making payment in person at the Smyrna Opera located at 7 W. South St., Smyrna.