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    SECOND ANNUAL PILOT PEN TENNIS CASTING CALL GIVES CHILDREN CHANCE TO PERFORM “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” AT THE 2009 TOURNAMENT

    (6/3/2009) Boys And Girls Age 12 And Under Invited To Audition At The Shubert Theater On June 10; American R&B And Pop Singer-Songwriter JoJo To Judge on Celebrity Panel

    NEW HAVEN– Pilot Pen Tennis today announced it will host the second annual Pilot Pen Tennis Casting Call on Wednesday, June 10 at the historic Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven to select children to perform “America the Beautiful” at the 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, to be held August 21-29. Winners will perform live on stadium court during all evening sessions of this year’s tournament as well as both men’s and women’s final.

    The open auditions, sponsored by Olympus, are free of charge and will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Children 12 years of age and younger (as of August 29, 2009) will be asked to sing “America the Beautiful” a cappella in front of a panel of celebrity judges, including American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress JoJo, who’s first two albums have debuted at No. 4 and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 200. Other celebrity judges include Desiree Fontaine, host of WTNH’s Connecticut Style, and a disc jockey from radio station KC101 (WKCI-FM).

    "This Casting Call brings together our City's greatest treasures: kids, music, tennis, the Shubert Theatre and Pilot Pen Tennis," said DeStefano. "This program is a great opportunity to showcase the musical talents of our youth on the national stage of the Pilot Pen."

    “Last year’s Pilot Pen Tennis Casting Call and subsequent performances by the children during the Pilot Pen were a resounding success,” said Anne Worcester, Tournament Director. “The Pilot Pen is always seeking to recognize local talent – both on and off the court – and this is yet another way we can showcase that talent.”

    This exciting community collaboration will also serve as the kick-off for the Shubert Theater’s annual S.N.A.P. (Shubert Night at A Performance) program. S.N.A.P. is a community outreach initiative serving New Haven’s inner-city neighborhoods by offering community organizations the opportunity to experience cultural and entertainment events at the Shubert Theater. The S.N.A.P. program creates access to the arts for children, families and senior citizens from New Haven’s diverse community.

    The Pilot Pen will announce the final selections on June 30, 2009. All contestants will receive tickets to the Pilot Pen. For more information on the open casting call, including the official rules, log on to www.pilotpentennis.com.

    About Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick ®

    Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick, an Olympus US Open Series event on the ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, will be held August 21-29, 2009 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale and feature a number of international tennis stars. The 2008 Pilot Pen, whose champions are Caroline Wozniacki and Marin Cilic, drew more than 81,000 spectators and was televised nationally for 16 hours on ESPN2 and CBS Sports. An economic impact study conducted in 2008 showed that the event generated an estimated total gross economic impact on the New Haven regional economy of more than $26 million.

    About the Olympus US Open Series

    The Olympus US Open Series brings together the 10 summer tournaments in North America, three television networks, tennis’ sanctioning bodies and top corporate sponsors during the summer tennis season. In 2008 the Series continued its enhancements to the sport, including more national TV hours, live back-to-back Finals every weekend, bonus prize money at the US Open, and a significant national marketing campaign.

    About the Shubert Theater

    Located in the heart of New Haven’s entertainment district, the Shubert Theater presents a variety of performing arts and serves the community through its education and outreach programs. Opened in 1914, the Shubert earned the title “The Birthplace of the Nation’s Greatest Hits” by staging over 300 shows that later opened in New York. Although the Shubert is best known for its Broadway presentations, the theater has played host to the greatest artists of ballet, opera, classical music, jazz, big bands and popular solo artists – a tradition that continues today. The Shubert Theater is owned by the City of New Haven and is managed by CAPA—A Connecticut Not-For-Profit Organization.

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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