The Oklahoma City Dodgers and The Oklahoman will host open auditions Saturday, March 18 for performers to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Dodgers home games during the 2017 season. National Anthem Tryouts presented by The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma City Dodgers will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the center court at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City.
All 180 time slots were filled well in advance of the event and those who registered online have been notified of their audition times.
Performers still interested in auditioning can join a standby list at Penn Square Mall starting at 10 a.m. Saturday when the mall opens. If the tryouts run ahead of schedule, or if a performer does not show up for a scheduled time, those in the standby line will be chosen to audition. Standby performers will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis and are encouraged to arrive early. On average, 20-30 standby performers are given the opportunity to audition each year.
Winners will perform at games throughout the Dodgers' 20th season at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, with the grand prize winner performing at the 2017 home opener Thursday, April 6 against the Iowa Cubs.
This marks the seventh straight year for the event, which draws a wide variety of performers from the Oklahoma City area as well as across the state. A handful of out-of-state performers, including from as far away as Alabama, participated in tryouts last year.
"This annual event has become a fun kickoff point for our season each spring," said Oklahoma City Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. "Dozens of talented performers compete in front of judges and a live audience at Penn Square Mall, which creates an electric atmosphere. Our judges then have the tough task of selecting the best of the best to perform before our 71 home games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark."
The judging panel will consist of editors and columnists from The Oklahoman, city officials and community leaders. Winners will be selected based on voice quality, creative style and stage presence.
For more information about National Anthem Tryouts presented by The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 2017 game tickets, or group outings, call (405) 218-1000 or visit okcdodgers.com.