16KiwanisThe Fayetteville Kiwanis Club presents its 68th annual Kiwanis Talent Night Showcase on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Cape Fear Regional Theatre.

“May 18, dozens of children came through — preschoolers through 12th grade — to audition from public, private and Christian schools. There were also a lot of home-schoolers,” said Bill Bowman, chairman of the Kiwanis Talent Night Showcase. “We have five divisions, including a classical division. The talent is absolutely amazing.”

Bowman added that the showcase has lasted through so many years because of the way it is put together. He said the secret is in choosing qualified and knowledgeable judges for the event. The judges are experts in the areas of voice, music and dance, so they are informed and objective when it comes to judging the talent.

“We are putting a show together to highlight what we feel is the best of the best (students) that come out to audition,” said Bowman. “So, once we have them, we can put a show together that not only creates a wonderful evening of quality entertainment, but it gives the children a chance to showcase their talent.”

Bowman explained how the show is valuable to its participants. There are hundreds of local children who take voice, music and dance lessons, and they have very few venues in which to perform. Being able to perform at events like the Kiwanis showcase, Bowman said, “is really how you get good.”

Special guests include the 2019 Fayetteville Dogwood Festival Queens and the Campbellton Youth Chorus. The emcees of the event are John Kistler and Debbie Best.

JML Piano will provide a 7-foot grand piano for the contestants to play for their performances.

“This is a fundraiser for The Fayetteville Kiwanis Club, and all of the money raised will go back into the community in some sort of program of education,” said Bowman. “The Cumberland County Schools have been major sponsors of this event for over three decades, but everybody participates in it.”

The 2019 overall winner will receive a trophy and $200. In each division, the first-place winner will receive a trophy and $100, the second-place winner will receive a trophy and $50, and the third-place winner will receive a trophy and $25.

Four $150 music scholarships will also be awarded in the areas of voice, strings, piano and band instrument.

“I would like to thank the Cape Fear Regional Theatre for giving the kids this experience,” said Bowman. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy this wonderful event.”

Tickets cost $8 at the door. Refreshments will be sold courtesy of Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop. For more information, contact Bowman at 910-391-3859.

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