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The search for the 2010 St. Albert Idol is on. Once again Innovations Music is digging deep to find some of the city’s top-notch singers with tryouts at six different local high schools and junior high schools.

The search for the 2010 St. Albert Idol is on.

Once again Innovations Music is digging deep to find some of the city’s top-notch singers with tryouts at six different local high schools and junior high schools. In addition, wannabe stars will be competing at St. Albert Centre on Saturday, March 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and on Sunday, March 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The lucky candidates move on to the semi-finals on April 16 and 17 and the winner is announced at the finals on Sunday, April 18 at the St. Albert Lifestyle Expo.

The St. Albert Idol, anyone from 18 to 30 years, will receive a recording package from V-Studios valued at $500 and artist website services. The Junior Idol (ages 12 to 17) receives a $250 recording package and website services.

In addition, winners also have the opportunity to perform at the opening ceremonies of the Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games held next year in St. Albert.

For more information contact Martha Livingstone or Maria Fletcher at 780-460-4430.

The MacEwan University musical theatre program comes to a close this season with Pacific Overtures, running until March 20 at John L. Haar Theatre.

Directed by Bridget Ryan, this Stephen Sondheim musical tells the story of Japan’s emergence from a small isolated country to its current position as a leader in international politics.

It depicts foreign trade, fussy visitors and pushy diplomats and reveals how the Japanese populace made sacrifices in their social order, customs and dress to achieve their current affluence.

St. Albert resident Jesse Harlton once again dons his character actor hat to play multiple roles as a Shogun’s councillor, a grandmother and a boy.

Tickets are adults $15 and students/seniors $10. Call 780-420-1757 or visit www.tixonthesquare.ca.

If you had shed a few tears for Conan O’Brien during the Leno-O’Brien wrestling bout over The Tonight Show, pull out that hankie. O’Brien and his staff received a $45 million payout.

Now O’Brien will be able to drop some chump change at the River Cree Resort and Casino as the feature headliner on Saturday, April 17. His new tour is scheduled to include sidekick Andy Richter and key members of the Max Weinberg Seven Band.

The acerbic comedian has captured several awards including two Emmys and several Writers Guild of America honours. In addition to his late night television work, O’Brien is well known for his writing and producing on The Simpsons and >Saturday Night Live.

Tickets range from $89 to $129 with dinner and show packages available at www.rivercreeresort.com or by calling 780-930-2619.