Center Stage competes in ‘Glee’ contest

Michael Tortorich
Center Stage Performing Arts stars, shown rehearsing for their summer production of “Before and Beyond: A Salute to Musical Theatre,” are competing in the “Spreading the Glee” contest. The competition is being held ahead of the Sept. 9 premiere of the Fox television show “Glee.”

Ascension Parish’s Center Stage Performing Arts stars are among the area entertainers spreading the glee.

To celebrate the Sept. 9 premiere of the Fox television show “Glee,” Baton Rouge-based Fox affiliate WGMB and Neighbors Federal Credit Union have teamed up to present the “Spread the Glee” contest.

All local performance groups were invited to submit videos of their best work for a chance to win a grand-prize pack.

Center Stage, based in Duplessis and well-known for its performances throughout the Ascension area, have entered various videos for the contest.

All of the videos can be viewed and voted on at

Any type of performance group was eligible to enter, including school and religious choirs, theatrical organizations, cheer squads and simply talented groups.

The grand-prize pack includes an 8-gigabyte iPod Nano, iKaraoke, a karaoke home theater system, a USB microphone, an iFlip and a mini Dell laptop.

The winners also will have an opportunity to star in a “Glee” promotional advertisement to air locally.

The voting period began Aug. 6 and will run until it closes Friday, Aug. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Center Stage has taken to the social-networking site Facebook to inform supporters of the contest.

The Center Stage entries include a performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and a medley of popular Beatles songs. It features live singing, dancing and sign language.

They also have submitted performances of “Run Freedom Run” and “My Kind of Guy.”

They will be competing against choirs from the likes of the Show Choir at Sherwood in Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Chorus and a fourth-grade group from St. Francisville.

“Glee” is a one-hour musical comedy that features hit songs from both the past and present.

A pilot episode of the show first aired after Fox’s hit American Idol on May 19.

“Glee” explores the competitive world of high-school show choirs, where ambitious teens spend hours singing and dancing for a chance to make national competitions.