Local student to audition for TV talent show


First Posted: 2/13/2009

A Mount Airy teen-ager is hoping an audition in the Washington, D.C. area leads to an appearance on a nationally televised talent show.
Katlyn Shaw, 16, a sophomore at Mount Airy High School, was planning to try out today for the Americas Got Talent TV program that is on NBCs summer lineup.
Scheduled auditions Friday and today at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center just outside the nations capital are among a series planned in major cities aimed at identifying the most talented people in the country.
I watched the show last summer and I signed up for their mailing list, and they informed me that an audition was close by, the local teen said earlier this week.
She was planning to sing Thank You for the Music, a song popularized by the Swedish pop group ABBA, at todays audition in front of producers of the program. If the local youth is successful, it could lead to a second performance before the shows judges with the cameras rolling, which would then be shown on national television.
The teen, the daughter of Steve and Jamie Shaw, said she was not really nervous leading up to the audition. Im actually pretty calm. I do a lot of plays at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, so the idea of auditioning is not really nerve-wracking to me.
Im just going to go in there and do the best that I can and hope that they like it, Katlyn said before departing Mount Airy. In addition to participating in local theater productions, she was a junior contestant in the first Autumn Leaves Festival Pageant last October, and also has listed reading, cheerleading and volunteering among her interests.
Along with her parents and brother, other family members were planning to accompany her on the trip to the D.C. area to lend moral support for the audition.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.

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