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Stars of Tomorrow coming up in 2000

by Ted Conover

Excited by the success of the “Stars of Tomorrow” talent competition a year ago, the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club and the show director, Ann Delahay, are making plans well in advance for the second annual and first of the new century “Stars” program It is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2000.

The event showcases area young people and provides them an opportunity not only to get some valuable on-stage experience, but to vie for scholarships as well. 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 double those won by participants last winter.

Students currently enrolled in the 9th through 12th grades as well as home-schooled students in those grade levels are invited to participate.

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. Delahay says those students interested can obtain application forms and copies of the contest rules from performing arts instructors at Carson Valley and Pau-Wa-Lu middle schools and Douglas High School. Applications also will be available in the school administrative offices.

The completed applications must be submitted to the Kiwanis Club before Jan. 20, 2000. Entrants will be asked to audition between Jan. 25 and 28 to be considered for a spot on the program. Students selected must be available for dress rehearsal on Feb. 10.

In addition to the talent competition, students are invited to participate in an art show. Entries are invited from students in the middle schools and Douglas High school in photography, drawing and painting, graphic art and pottery. High school art instructors will coordinate the show. Awards will be presented for outstanding work.

In the initial presentation of “Stars of Tomorrow,” 17 high school students participated in the talent show, and Anthony Janssen, then a Douglas High school sophomore, won first place. At the same time, a number of others displayed their works in the art contest.

The Gene Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship is a project of the Kiwanis Club and it is dedicated to the memory of Zimmerman, who died in a tragic automobile accident in the fall of 1998. He was a vigorous worker in the community and helped on many projects. He was often the sparkplug behind community-betterment efforts.

Anyone desiring further information concerning the show is invited to contact Ann Delahay at 267-9675.