The friends of McLeod Summer Playhouse held it’s annual “no talent necessary” talent competition, ”Singing with the Stars,” Friday, June 3, at the McLeod Theater. Jan Payne of Payne Gaertner and Associates was declared the winner of the “MSP Idol of the Year Award.” A fierce field of competitors which included Panera’s General Manager Ralph Behrens, SIU Chancellor Brad Colwell, SIU English Department Professor Anna Jackson, Carbondale Gastroenterologist Dr. Melissa Martinez-Mateo sing with husband, surgeon Dr. Carlos Gonzalez, Firefighter D.W. Presley and Market Executive at Banterra Bank, Jeff Speith also vied for the title.
Mike Kasser, of Southern Illinois Health Care, served as emcee, with Ronda Dunn, John Pfeifer and Cinnamon Wheeles-Smith as the on-stage judges. Jeena Mee Dosch provided musical accompaniment.
The event was organized by FMSP Board president, Carolyn Donow. Vice President Darrell Bryant led the star recruitment efforts. FMSP Board members volunteered time and helped underwrite the event.
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