For the 32nd year, the Port Townsend Kiwanis Club provided a showcase for the Stars of Tomorrow.
“Our focus has stayed the same all along,” said Mary Crozier, who has organized the event since 2015. “We just want to give kids an opportunity to perform live in front of an audience.”
Proceeds from the admission charge and sponsorship fees for the Feb. 24 cavalcade of young talents at the Port Townsend High School auditorium funded the awards for the winners in each category and covered the basic expenses of putting on the event.
“Everything we raise here goes right back into the show,” Crozier said. “It’s all for the kids. All the Kiwanians who work this event are volunteers, and we pay for the lights and the janitorial services.”
Crozier sees the talent show as consistent with Kiwanis’ child-centric focus, from its backpack meal program for local students in need to its partnership with Toys For Tots throughout the holidays.
Crozier cited the love of stage dancing she shares with her son Michael, who provided video services for this year’s event.
“I see so many of the same kids come back, year after year, and I love to watch their progress,” Crozier said. “It’s almost like watching my own kids,” she said with a laugh.
Although she acknowledged it might sound funny, she is serious about adding another category to next year’s Stars of Tomorrow in the form of a lip-sync contest.
“It would be for all the kids who love to act out but maybe don’t have the voices to carry it off,” Crozier said.
The following were named this year’s Stars of Tomorrow:
In the presentation division, the Most Inspirational Award went to Lilith Soper-Serkowski, a fourth-grader at Chimacum Elementary, for singing “Burn” from the musical “Hamilton.”
In the junior division, first place went to Maria Powell, a home-schooled eighth-grader, for playing on saxophone “Andanta and Allegro” by Aude Chailleux. Second place went to the Sunfield String Quartet — consisting of Juniper Cervenka, Camryn Hines, Sophia Lumsdaine and Sophi Patterson, in grades eight and nine at the Sunfield Waldorf School — for playing “Nightrider” by Richard Meyer. Third place and the Junior Multi-Talent Award went to Taylor Montgomery, an eighth-grader at Chimacum Middle School, for playing guitar and singing “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift.
In the senior division, first place went to Anna Tallarico, a home-schooled 12th-grader, for dancing to “Shallow” by Lady Gaga. Second place went to Torianna Minnihan, a PTHS junior, for singing “Blame It On Your Heart” by Patty Lovelace. Third place went to Madison Boyd, a Chimacum High School junior, for singing “Shallow” by Lady Gaga.
The Senior Multi-Talent Award went to Mia Torres, a Chimacum PI Program junior, for playing guitar and singing an original piece entitled “Sunny.”