By Sharon Aron Baron
Get ready to witness tomorrow’s brightest stars at the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s 19th annual Future Stars Performing Arts Competition. This highly anticipated event, organized by the Club’s Rotarians, will feature 29 finalists selected from an audition pool of 62 performers, including participants from Coral Springs, Parkland, Plantation, and Coconut Creek.
The competition is open to middle and high school performers from Miami-Dade to Broward County, with most participants coming from Palm Beach and Broward Counties. The event, held on Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, is part of the Festival of the Arts BOCA for the first time.
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton has been organizing this event for the past 19 years and the proceeds from the competition fund an annual performing arts scholarship. The Future Stars from years past include renowned Billboard recording star Kendra Erika, actress Chloe Dolandis, and local actress Sara Grant. Participants in the competition have gone on to study at the country’s premier performing arts colleges, including New York University’s Tisch School, Belmont University, The Berklee College of Music, and Juilliard.
Middle and high school performers will compete in 29 acts, vying for medals awarded at the finale. Dancers and singers will compete in several categories, including Dance Group, Middle School Dance Solo, High School Dance Solo, Middle School Vocal Solo, and High School Vocal Solo.
The city of Boca Raton will host the competition, and with professional sound and lighting, it promises to be an event to remember.
Tradition is cheering on their favorites, and most audience members’ seating is free. However, to support the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s performing arts scholarships and this event, 400 upfront tickets are available for purchase. VIP tickets are $50, while premium tickets are $30. You can purchase your tickets online at Rotary Club Boca Raton.
Dancers and singers will compete in these categories for medals awarded at the finale
All or Nothing – Blow Smoke – West Palm Beach
Oxbridge Academy – One – West Palm
Oxbridge Academy – Bad Girls – West Palm Beach
Precision Youth Ensemble – Sax -Royal Palm Beach
That’s Dancing – Honey Dripper – Lake Worth
Middle School Dance Solo
Sasha Altschul – Delray Beach
Alyssa Duesler – Boca Raton
Jolie Lavaux – Boca Raton
Jordyn Maxwell – Delray Beach
Rosann Wagner – Boca Raton
High School Dance Solo
Ella Carver – attends Oxbridge Academy
Katey Johnson – attends the Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Gabrielle Kiminyo – Lake Worth
Ayanna Melvin ¬– West Palm Beach
Natalia Moody ¬– Lake Worth
Middle School Vocal Solo
Lily Bradford ¬– attends Somerset Parkland Academy
Neenah Harripersaud ¬– Wellington
Alexandria Iglesias ¬– Parkland
Karley Kopacz ¬– Wellington
Zachary Kopelman ¬– Plantation
Bella Nazzaro ¬– attends Gulfstream School
High School Vocal Solo
Sage Duke ¬– Palm Beach Gardens
Heather Durand ¬ ¬– Loxahatchee
Julia Falcao ¬– Boca Raton
Marni Gass ¬ ¬– Boca Raton
Madison Hlasny ¬– Boca Raton
Victoria Johnson ¬– Boca Raton
Jessica Russo ¬– Coconut Creek
Morgan Brooke Wilder ¬– Coral Springs
Among the judges for show night are dance and vocal professionals and educators, including Billboard Performing Star vocalist and “Future Stars” alumnus Kendra Erika; Joanna Marie Kaye, executive director of Festival of the Arts BOCA; and Dr. Stacie Lee Rossow, associate director of Choral of Vocal Studies and associate professor at Florida Atlantic University.
The Mizner Park Amphitheater is at 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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