Cedar City Star Search


Welcome to Cedar City Star Search!

Friday, March 3, 2023

Cedar City Star Search is an incredible opportunity for our community to showcase all types of talent, including singing, dancing, spoken word, solo musicians, 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!

12 finalist acts compete for a chance to win $250, in their age division or category!

Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7 pm
Heritage Theater

2023's Local Celebrity Judges

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JUDGE #1 - Talise Mosley

Talise Mosley was born and raised in Cedar City and graduated with a bachelors of theatre arts from Southern Utah University. She is heavily involved with Cedar Valley Community Theatre where you may have seen her recently as Meg Brockie in their production of Brigadoon. When she isn’t on stage, Talise substitute teaches at various schools in Iron County. She is the current Miss Iron County and is working on her social impact initiative, People aren’t Debatable: supporting LGBTQ+ youth and adults in our community. Talise will be competing for the title of Miss Utah this coming June! Talise has also won Cedar City Star Search for the 18+ division for the past two years and is excited to be on the other side of the table judging this year. Good luck to all the contestants!

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JUDGE #2 - Derek Charles Livingston

Derek Charles Livingston is the Interim Artistic Director & Director of New Play Development at the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF).  In addition to an extensive career stewarding new plays, he has also been an actor and director for over thirty years.  As part of USF’s 2022 Fall Season, he performed the full play Thurgood in the Festival’s Anes Studio Theatre.  He has previously performed Thurgood at the Las Vegas Little Theatre. Other favorite roles include Simon in The Whipping Man, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Gregory in Love! Valour! Compassion!, Oberon in Midsummer, Horatio in Hamlet, Duke Frederick in As You Like It, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, as well as Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, Benjamin Banneker, and Nat Turner in various productions. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Film Direction/Production from the UCLA School of Film and Television. He will direct A Raisin in the Sun as part of the 2023 Utah Shakespeare Festival season.


JUDGE #3 - Tamara Reber

Tamara Reber studied vocal performance and theatre at Utah State University and Southern Utah University. Tamara Reber has always been passionate about the arts and has had the opportunity to perform in many memorable productions throughout her music, stage and film career. Tamara is a vocal performance coach and is currently the lead singer of the 80’s cover band The 8eeZ.  She resides in Cedar City, Utah with her husband and children.

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Star Search Winners 2022

  • 1st Place Youth Category - Rainee Miller - Dancer
  • 1st Place Teen Category - Mary Halstead - Vocalist
  • People's Choice - Russell Nielson - Dancing violinist 
  • 1st Place Group Category - Mountaintop Sound (featuring band members April McPherson, Steve Swift and Derek Wood)