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Auditions for ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ set

By Staff | Oct 2, 2010

The 19th annual “In Stars of Tomorrow” scholarship program will have its performing arts auditions for dance, drama, instrumental and vocal Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Cultural Park Theater.
The program was initiated by the Cape Coral City Council, which then lead to the formation of the Cape Coral Council for Arts and Humanities Inc.
This year the “In Stars of Tomorrow” is co-sponsored by the Cultural Park Theater.
Director June Sommerfield said she has been with the council for 15 years, which has provided her with the opportunity to watch many of the youngsters grow up in the performing arts.
“I watch some of the kids grow from elementary school through high school,” she said. “Most of them continue and we encourage them to because it is such an expression of themselves.
Sommerfield said all elementary, middle, high school and college aged students in Southwest Florida are invited to the audition.
“We are so excited about this program,” she said.
The applications for the audition can be picked up at the Cultural Park Theater. The audition will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. All the students must come to the audition in order to be chosen for the competition in November. Sommerfield said students who wish to participate in the audition must call her to set up a time for their convenience.
A panel of five judges will chose the top 60 kids for the competition. Sommerfield said all of the judges are qualified in the performing arts.
Because of the number of contestants who participate, the children will then be divided into two groups for the two days of competition. The judges will pick winners in every category and age group for the competition, which will be held Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 20, at 3 p.m.
Awards will be given for first, second and third place.
Those chosen from the Friday and Saturday performances will take part in the command performance, which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m.
“This is a great show,” she said about the command performance.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12-years-old.
Sommerfield said she has seen some of the students who have participated in the “In Stars of Tomorrow” program continue on and perform on Broadway in New York, along with some of them appearing in Hollywood.
“It’s a great stepping stone and opportunity to perform and perfect their talents,” she said.
“We encourage all students to reach their potential in whatever talent they may have,” she said, adding “it develops confidence in themselves.”
Sommerfield said last year they had about 86 talents.
“The talent is getting better and better every year,” she said.
For information, call Sommerfield at 239-772-8180.