Cedar City Star Search


Welcome to Cedar City Star Search!

In its inaugural year, Cedar City Star Search is an incredible opportunity for our community to showcase all types of talent, including singing, dancing, spoken word, solo musicians and bands, and, of course, let's not forget comedians, magicians and other variety acts! If you have an awesome talent that you want to share with Cedar City— now is your time to shine!  

  • Mar 18  | Dress Rehearsal |  (Heritage Theater)
  • Mar 19 | Cedar City Star Search Competition | 7 pm (Heritage Theater)

Here is tonight's program!

Celebrity Judges

Mayor Wilson 72ppi


Maile Wilson Edwards was born and raised in Cedar City, Utah.  She was elected as Cedar City’s first female mayor and the youngest mayor in November 2013. She was re-elected to her second term in November 2017.  Her grandfather, Loren Whetten, served two terms as mayor of Cedar City.  In 2018, Mayor Wilson Edwards married her sweetheart, Dr. Jayson Edwards. In addition to her duties as Mayor, she is an attorney with Kirton McConkie Law Firm, working in their southern Utah offices in Cedar City and St. George. Mrs. Wilson Edwards has long been involved in community service.  At a very early age, she participated in everything from community parades, the Utah Summer Games, Utah Shakespeare Festival, pageants, and other community volunteer efforts.  She knows that Cedar City has incredible talent and is excited to be a judge for Star Search!

Michael Bahr


Michael Bahr is the Education Director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He directs the Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Tour which travels to five states and serves 40,000 students with professional Shakespearean productions. He manages the Shakespeare Competition, an event that hosts 3,200+ students from 120 schools throughout Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and California.  Michael loves community arts and theatre. He is the husband of Kristin Michie Bahr. Together they are strong advocates for the Arts in Iron County. They have 4 children, 10 grandchildren and together, Kris and Michael have volunteered, painted sets, and sewn costumes. They share their passion for books, film, theatre and life with their children. They live in Enoch, Utah where one of their greatest joys is opening their home to teenagers for Oscar parties, water fights and intelligent conversation.


Lisa Cretsinger


I own independent record store Groovacious Records.  We opened in 1992.  This is my thirty-second year selling music.  My husband Tim and I moved our store from Oregon to Cedar City in 2000.  We hosted an open mic night twice a week for eight years and helped nurture the talents of all the local musicians.  Many musicians and bands from all of the world have performed in our store on our Groove Stage.   Together with our friends we created Groovefest Music Festival free to the public held in Main Street Park and other venues.  It ran for fifteen years.  

Music has always been a part of my life.  My father was a musician.  Because of early exposure and constant listening to all types of music everyday nearly all day at my record store and through live shows I think I experience music in a unique way and am grateful to be able to offer my assistance to this event. 

Good luck everyone.

  1. Application 
  2. Guidelines 


If you have any questions please contact Brad Abrams at abrad@cedarcity.org.