Lip Service – EC Theatre Company’s 2017 Lip Sync Battle

Sherry Londe channels Tina Turner at the 2015 Lip Sync Battle.

Finally, you can give some “lip” and feel good about it. Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is hosting the third annual Emerald Coast Lip Sync Battle Thursday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. at its performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.


This highly-anticipated annual event promises an evening of music, dance and fun and offers the perfect opportunity for local stars to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame in the spotlight—performing live the songs they’ve been practicing in front of their bathroom mirrors for years.


“Read my lips, this is going to be awesome!” says ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “Everyone loves a moment on stage, and ECTC is happy to provide the perfect opportunity. This has become one of our favorite signature events and is sure to bring out the star in all of us.”


Solo, duos, trio teams and ensembles (up to eight people) are invited to compete for the Lip Sync crown. All contestants will prepare two songs. In round one, everyone performs. In round two, the top contestants perform a second song.


Friendly competitors are encouraged to challenge others via social media. Can’t sing? No problem. It’s just lip sync and all in fun. Those who are challenged and don’t care to accept can “buy” their way off the stage with a $100 donation to ECTC’s educational and theatrical programming fund.


This year’s celebrity judging panel includes Mary Jo and Chelsea from Q92 Radio, VIP Destin editor Steve Barber, and Cory from 30A Radio. Lip Sync performance acts will be judged on originality and creativity, audience interaction and support, costume choice and appearance, and full-out dedication to performance. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Dance Moves, People’s Choice and Overall Lip Sync Battle Winner 2017.


The night will be complete with food and drink, and those performers who bring the largest fan following are sure to rack up coveted audience participation points.


The event is open to anyone 21 and older. Performer registration deadline is Oct. 17 at noon. Registration is $25 per person. Groups (up to eight people) are welcome. Registration fee must be paid to ECTC before song choices can be submitted. Song choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis and should be emailed to ECTC technical director Cory Tucker at


Find all details, rules and registration information at


Tickets are $25 per person. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its theater education outreach and scholarship programs. To become a sponsor or donate a silent auction item, contact Nathanael at (850) 684-0323.

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