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Kiwanis Club seeks performers for ‘Stars of Tomorrow’

by Bob Wicker

The Kiwanis Club’s “Stars of Tomorrow” talent competition keeps getting bigger and better.

After two successful events, the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club and its show director, Ann Delahay, are making plans to showcase talented students who are eager to gain some on-stage experience and vie for college scholarships.

The third annual “Stars of Tomorrow” show has been scheduled for April 6 at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The contestant who ends up with the first-place award will receive the $1,000 Gene Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship. The second-place winner will be awarded $500. The awards are the same as last year, but double those won by participants in 1999.

The competition is open to students currently in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades at schools in the Carson Valley, the Lake Tahoe area, Carson City, Dayton and Fallon and to home-schooled students in these grades. Previously, the competition was open only to students in the Douglas County school system.

Delahay says contestants must submit applications to the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club prior to March 16. Auditions will be held March 21 to select acts for the show, and a dress rehearsal is set for April 5.

The competition will be open to soloists, trios and quartets in vocal or instrumental music, dance and drama. Applicants will be judged on technique, staging and presentation.

Applications and copies of contest rules are available from performing arts instructors at middle schools and high schools, as well as at school administrative offices.

The Gene Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship is a project of the Kiwanis Club and is dedicated to the memory of Zimmerman, who died in an automobile accident in 1998. A vigorous worker on many Kiwanis projects, Zimmerman was often the spark behind community-betterment efforts in the Carson Valley.

For more information concerning “Stars of Tomorrow,” call Delahay at 267-9675.