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We are pleased to announce the cast of the fourth annual Singing with the Stars event. This signature performance, competition and fundraiser will take place at StarStruck Theatre, 2101 S. Kanner Highway in Stuart on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Five community ‘stars’ have been selected and paired with three professional singers, who aredirectors of the most competitive student choirs in Martin County. The duos will perform and compete for the top talent prize, top fundraising prize and the overall trophy which is determined by a combination of the two.
The community stars include: Christine Jung, Former FBI Agent and resident of Mariner Sands; Lynn Kreps, Photographer, DJ and owner of Avenue Entertainment in Stuart; Heather Morris, Activities Director of Grand Oaks of Palm City; Preethi Sekharan, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, PA; Gil Smart, Columnist and Opinion writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers and Mike Terrio, president and founder of The Terrio Group, Retirement Planning Solutions, and the overall winner of 2016 Singing with the Stars.
This year's professional coaches will mentor the community stars and sing live in duets with them at the competition March 24th. They include: James Paul, Director of Jubilate at Jensen Beach High School; Shane Thomas, Director of OPUS at Martin County High School; and Eileen Walentin, Director of the Carillon Singers at South Fork High School.
How are all these artists associated with, and connected to this innovative organization? Two of the professionals, Shane Thomas and Eileen Walentin, are teacher sponsors of the Martin County High School and South Fork High School A4AC Clubs. A4AC’s newest Florida club is at Jensen Beach High School, where James Paul teaches the well-known Jubilate choir. Christine Jung was has supported A4AC through the Cotter’s Salon Series, a fundraiser and student showcase for A4AC. Lynn Kreps was a personal friend of founder, Terry Barber’s mother, and remembers the inspiration for, and inception of the organization. Heather Morris, in her work as Activities Director at a local assisted living facility, partners consistently with A4AC and books talent from the organization on a weekly basis for her residents. Preethi Sekharan was referred by a past star, Linda Weiksnar, who is still a great friend to the organization. Since becoming a star, Gil Smart has already written and article about A4AC in the local Treasure Coast papers. Mike Terrio, is the defending champion of 2016 Singing with the Stars, who’s cast now performs at assisted living facilities supporting the Therapeutic Arts program.
Once again, the event will be emceed and directed by Jennifer Jones, co-owner of StarStruck Academy & Theatre with her husband Peter Jones, who will be the musical director and pianist. This year’s judges include two professional singers from past Singing with the Stars events, Charles Jones and Karin Leone, plus Susan McAllister, the fundraising winner from the 2016 event who currently acts as the Artists for a Cause Club Liaison.
“We have a very dynamic group of individuals performing this year. I am excited to watch them showcase their talent, and appreciate their interest in raising funds to support our programs. With three of the top local high school choral directors as our professional coaches, we expect some competitive fireworks,” said A4AC Executive Director Terry Barber. “Supporters of Artists for a Cause appreciate the two-for-one impact of our programs which both support artists and culture, and are also able to address a critical community need. I thank our community for rallying behind this year’s competitors with donations, or by attending the event. And of course I cannot thank our cast enough for their interest in our continued success!”
For more information call 772-419-8778, or email email@example.com. To show your support for Martin County’s local talent, purchase a ticket to Singing with the Stars. Tickets are on sale now at showclix.com/events/starstruck and range in price from $45 to $100. Follow the competition on Facebook at facebook.com/singingwiththestarsa4ac!
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Tim & Maureen Cotter
|| Charles Jung
|Gene & Allyson Gilliland
|| Ellen Glasser
|Dan & Mary Gescheidle
|| Eileen Roemer