CHARLESTON, SC - Each season, a group of Major League hopefuls with dreams of one day playing in the Bronx arrive to the Lowcountry. While each summer Charleston showcases the future stars of the "The Show," the RiverDogs also offer a shot to any star performer dreaming of a chance under the bright lights at The Joe this year.
This season, the RiverDogs will once again offer fans the opportunity to join the ranks of Darius Rucker, Elise Testone, Mark Bryan, and Eddie Bush who've all showcased their talents singing the Star-Spangled Banner over the years at Riley Park.
The Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees will host auditions for those wishing to perform the Star-Spangled Banner on Thursday, March 31 from 4-7 pm behind home plate at The Joe. Should inclement weather persist, there will be no makeup date as in years past, but video auditions will be accepted.
Whether you are a talented vocalist or can play the Star-Spangled Banner via instrument, patrons are invited to be creative yet respectful and perform our National Anthem in whatever fashion they choose.
"Each season we're always impressed with the musical talent in Charleston that turns out for these auditions," said RiverDogs Director of Community Relations Haley Kirchner. "This event has become something of a tradition in the Lowcountry and a reminder that RiverDogs baseball is almost here."
Auditions are open to performers of all kinds and ensembles of nine or less. Groups of 10 or more are asked to partake in the RiverDogs Group Anthem Program at www.riverdogs.com.
Everyone is asked to audition regardless of whether they have performed at a game in previous seasons or not. Those auditioning must fill out an audition form that can be found HERE. Forms must be filled out and submitted to [email protected] prior to the audition day.
Please note that by auditioning, it does not guarantee a spot and also being chosen for the Audition Pool does not guarantee a game due to the overwhelming popularity and strength of performers in the area. In the past, the RiverDogs have routinely had more qualified performers than available game dates.
For additional information on the auditions, please contact Haley Kirchner at (843) 723-7241 or at [email protected].
The RiverDogs, the Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, begin their season - the 20th in their history at Joseph P. Riley Park - on April 6 with an exhibition game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 7:05 pm and then follow that with Opening Night, also at 7:05 pm, that begins a seven-game homestand that features in-state rival Columbia Fireflies (April 7-10) and the Asheville Tourists (April 11-13). Ticket information may be secured by contact the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.