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Variety of Georgia hosts teen talent competition
by Caroline Young
January 09, 2013 02:40 PM | 2405 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local teen semifinalists will take the stage Sunday at the Stars of Tomorrow competition, hosted by Variety of Georgia.

Taking place at the Buckhead Theatre, it is the Johns Creek-based children’s nonprofit’s second talent statewide contest.

“It is a sponsor-driven fundraising event,” said Variety Executive Director Chase Andrews. “Our overarching goal is to provide opportunities for all children to showcase their singing talent, to develop them and help them to gain exposure.”

About 100 adolescents from 13 to 19 submitted YouTube videos showcasing their work, and 20 were chosen to perform in the semifinals. One of the top 20 contestants, Jake Smith, 15, of Buckhead, said his dream is to make a living off singing and writing music.

“I love performing so much, the adrenaline overcomes it,” he said. “I really like competition. It’ll be really fun to put myself out there in front of some really great performers.”

He said he typically sings acoustic alternative music, and will be singing an acoustic “mash-up” of the Script’s “Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and “Break Even.”

Andrews said the performers cover all genres, including rock, country, pop and Broadway.

Caroline Geckler, 16, of Buckhead, will be singing “On My Own” from “Les Miserables.”

“It’ll be interesting for me to meet people who are in the same business,” she said. “I think a lot of it is about making connection with people. It’s kind of a big thing for me.”

Three celebrity judges will choose the top 10 contestants, who will then perform March 17 at the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom in Midtown, Andrews said.

The top three winners will all receive professional photo shoots, trophies, tickets to a performance at the Fox and custom-made demo CDs.

The grand prize is all of the above, plus $2,500, donated by Carey Executive Limousine of Atlanta. Andrews said each top three winners will also receive a donation from Variety to his or her school’s fine arts program.

“We really want to give back and help kids pursue dreams and foster musical education in schools as well,” she said.

There will also be a silent auction to support Variety, featuring gifts, family packages and vacations, Andrews said.

“We have three core programs: Freedom Kids, Future Kids and Caring for Kids,” she said. “All money raised for the event through the silent auction, sponsorship and entry fees benefit Variety and our mission to aid and enhance the lives of children who may be challenged by disabilities, poverty, abuse and neglect.”

If you go:

o What: Stars of Tomorrow competition

o Where: Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, and Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St.

o When: Sunday and March 17

o Tickets: $5 Sunday and $20 March 17

o Information: (678) 994-4210 or 

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