CRESTVIEW — Who’s the most talented Bulldog on campus? The community will find out Feb. 21 at the second annual Bulldog Idol competition. The event is a fund-raiser for the Crestview High School chapter of the International Thespian Society.


CRESTVIEW — Who’s the most talented Bulldog on campus? The community will find out Feb. 21 at the second annual Bulldog Idol competition. The event is a fund-raiser for the Crestview High School chapter of the International Thespian Society.



The theatre arts society’s winning performances last month at District 1 competition at Northwest Florida State College mean that several local performers and behind-the-scenes artists will be heading to Tampa for the nation’s largest student stagecraft event.



To help them get to the state Thespian competition, local student actors and stage crew members are soliciting the assistance of their talented classmates.



Bulldog Idol, won last year by June graduate Tyler Colonna, is a lively showcase of the school's top performing arts talent. The $5 admission will help offset the Thespians' travel and accommodation expenses.



"Idol" auditions before Thespian Society members and Crestview High drama teacher and society adviser, Annette Gebhardt, led to this week's [Feb. 11-15] preliminary rounds, narrowing the field of hopefuls to the top 10 who will face off next Thursday on the Pearl Tyner Auditorium stage.



"That night we go from 10 to five to two and then the winner's announced," Gebhardt said.



To break into the top 10 last year, Tyler performed “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé, accompanying himself on piano. Jesse McCartney’s “Beautiful Soul” got him into the top five, then he won the competition with the Maroon 5 Grammy-winning hit “She Will Be Loved.” As an encore he again accompanied himself, this time while singing One Republic’s “Apologize.”



“It was pretty cool,” Tyler said. “I never expected to win.”



With the school's nationally recognized choral music, theatre and band programs, there's another Bulldog Idol lurking in the hallways of Crestview High School. Find out who it is Feb. 21.



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The second annual Bulldog Idol competition is 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Crestview High School Pearl Tyner Auditorium. The $5 admission benefits travel expenses of the school's chapter of the International Thespian Society as they attend the state Thespian competition in Tampa.



Contact News Bulletin Arts & Entertainment Editor Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.