Night of Stars auditions set

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Kindergartners through high school seniors are expected to show off their talents at the Jan. 12 auditions as they try to land a spot on the program for the annual Night of Stars.

The Night of Stars is an annual citywide talent show. It is open to singers, dancers, magicians and jugglers as well as musicians, but no bands are allowed.

The auditions will be held from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. in the fitness room of the Englewood Recreation Center. The entry fee is $5 per performer and those planning to take part in the audition are asked to register in advance.

This year, for the first time, the categories will be voice, dance and variety. Acts are also divided into three categories based on age — kindergartner through fourth-graders, fifth- through eighth-graders and ninth- through 12th-graders.

There will be a dress rehearsal Jan. 28.

Englewood Night of Stars will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Hampden Hall, located on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Tickets for the show are $5, and children 4 and younger are admitted free.

Englewood's first-place winners in each category will represent their community in the state competition that will be held March 2 at Adams City High School in Commerce City.

The 2012 Night of Stars featured 39 performers, one of the largest lineups in recent history. The majority of entries last year were in the vocal category.

The Night of Stars traces its roots back to 1982 when the Englewood Recreation Department decided to offer area residents an opportunity to “shine” on stage and created an annual talent show titled Night of the Stars. The program continued until 1993, when it was put on hold.

However, it was reintroduced in 2004. About that time, Jenny Rulon, a recreation program director, spearheaded the effort to widen the scope of the talent show by inviting recreation department in other cities to join together for a regional competition. The idea caught on and now there are more than a dozen communities that will enter performers in the state finals.

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