Alton Little Theater and jointly sponsored auditions this past Saturday for a singing competition, STARS OF TOMORROW, at the Community Center at 200 W. Third Street in Alton. Nineteen individuals and one quartet garnered enough points to advance to the Semi-Finals which will be held at the Alton Little Theater Showplace on Saturday, July 24th at 7pm. Contestants range in age from 10 to mid-40's, hail from eight different towns in the Riverbend area and show a "remarkable range of talent", says event coordinator, Lee Cox .

At the Semi-Finals, audience votes will help advance contestants to the Top Ten Finalists and a panel of professional judges will score performers on musicality, vocal quality, personality and performance quality and overall showmanship. The 2010 Semi-Finalists are : Karen Scott, Sharon Brown, Anthony Stewart and Clarence Warlick ( all part of the new R& B group "Surefire"), Renessa Drainer, Grace Robertson, Abi Magrath, Sarah Siemer, Sarah Taylor, Gary Metze, Kyle Metze, Kelsey Bethel , Leah Hentrich, Devin McIntire, Rylee Plumb, Kimmie Mayes, Jaida Moore, Cari Mueller, Jordan Marks, Sawyer Burton, Amanda Epps, Janae Hausman, and Shakira Lenoir.

Tickets for the Semi-Finals are available at WBGZ Radio during the day, at the ALT Box Office on Friday, July 23rd from 7-9pm, and by Reservation at 462-6562. The Top Ten Finalists will be selected and announced on Sunday, July 25th and ticket sales will begin for the Finals on July 31st.

Contestants are competing for a grand prize of $500 and the chance to become a featured performer at First Night and ALT's Annual Gala for Sponsors. Contact Lee Cox, Event Coordinator at 462-4515 for interviews and photo opportunities.

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