Local Stars Take Center Stage at Rotary Club of Boca Raton's 19th Annual Future Stars Performing Arts Competition
Lily Bradford of Somerset Parkland Academy; Alexandria Iglesias from Parkland; Jessica Russo from Coconut Creek; and Morgan Brooke Wilder from Coral Springs.

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.

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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

Dance Group

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
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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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