Diverse group of singers highlight Aug. 27 KC SuperStar Finals;
Fan Room Tickets available for singing competition
Broadway star Megan Hilty to host event
The countdown is on for the finals for 2017 KC SuperStar, the high school singing competition where one lucky student will win a $10,000 scholarship!
Ten area high school students were chosen as finalists earlier this summer for the singing competition sponsored by The Jewish Community Center (The J).
Now in its eighth year, KC SuperStar is a high school competition ala “The Voice” that seeks out the best singer in the Greater Kansas City Metro area. KC SuperStar assists teens in continuing their musical journey with the hope of winning the grand prize – a $10,000 scholarship – at the Finals on Sunday, Aug. 27, in Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.
While tickets for the 7 p.m. A limited number of seats are still available inside Yardley Hall but there is ample seating for the adjacent Fan Room where the competition will be broadcast live. Those seated in the Fan Room WILL be able to vote for this year’s winner just like those seated in Yardley Hall. Fan Room tickets are $20 for general admission with seating opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (913) 981-8895, through JCCC box office or online at kcsuperstar.org.
The KC SuperStar finalists represent a cross-section of the metropolitan area.
Brooklynn Anderson is a recent graduate of Olathe North High School where she participated in basketball, choir, cheerleading and musical theater. She has led worship at her church for the past two years. Brooklynn is passionate about the way music affects people’s lives and plans to pursue a career in music as a singer/songwriter.
Sam Aubuchon will be a junior at Blue Springs High School. Sam has made music for his entire life, beginning with violin when he was only five years old. He is a member of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and will return with them to Yardley Hall for another concert this year. Sam has since appeared in several Starlight Theatre galas, as well as their recent Indoor Series Sister’s Christmas Catechism. This summer performed in Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park’s production of Back to the 80s.
Brynna Darley will be a senior at Lansing High School this fall. Brynna has been involved in competitive figure skating, musical theatre, and on-screen acting, dance, choir and debate and forensics. She has also received two Blue Star Foundation nominations for her performances as Little Becky Two Shoes in a production of Urinetown and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical. This fall she will appear in her school’s production of Noises Off.
Mallory Griffin will be a senior at Oak Grove High School where she is involved in theatre, Show and Concert Choirs and is the president of both her school’s Thespian Society and KC Cappies Critic Team. Mallory began singing competitively at age nine. She won the 2016 Missouri State Fair Idol; the 2016 Fordland, Missouri’s Wild West Days, and performed in three different Branson shows in 2016. Mallory has also performed the National Anthem for at a Kansas City Royals game and for the Missouri Mavericks hockey team.
Byron Hyde is a graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. This is Byron’s third appearance as part of KC SuperStar. Singing has been Byron’s passion since he was a toddler. He is a member of the Kansas City Boys Choir, a nonprofit organization that performs across the country. Byron has performed with Grammy Award winner Patti Austin, sung in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, and sang on stage for country artist Eric Church.
Olivia Johnson, who attends school in the Oak Grove School District, was born into a family of singers and musicians. This is her first ever talent competition. Olivia has big dreams of becoming a singer/songwriter and performing. Currently, Olivia stays busy with choir, band (drum line), theater, volleyball, golf, academics and many other activities. She has been elected president of her class for the past two years.
Chloe Puetz is a senior at Blue Valley North High School. She found her love for singing by performing in theater in elementary school. Chloe enjoys being on stage and connecting with the audience. Chloe has enjoyed using her voice to entertain the elderly through an organization called The Nativity Entertainers at the Church of the Nativity. The group performs at various local retirement communities. She has played volleyball competitively for the past six years and now plays for her school team.
Madi Toman is senior at Paola High School. She started singing in the third grade, and has since taken every opportunity she could to be on stage. As a sophomore and junior she participated in the National FFA Talent Competition and was selected to sing the National Anthem before 20,000 people at Freedom Hall in Louisville and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Madi has sung before Kansas City Royals games three times. Most of her free time is spent singing, playing her guitar or ukulele, or discovering new places around Kansas City to practice her photography.
Devion Williams is a senior at St. Michaels’s High School. Throughout his high school career, Devion has participated in theatre, school choir, and church choir. He started singing when he was approximately seven years old and has had the privilege participating in the Kansas City Boys Choir performing throughout the United States. Singing is a passion for Devion and his goal is to become a professional musical artist.
Savanna Worthington is a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School, where she is involved in Choraliers, Chamber Choir, the theatre program and National Honor Society. Savanna is also a member of her school’s varsity drill team Outside of school, Savanna of school, she enjoys spending time at the Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice where she has studied since age five. A veteran performer, Savanna has appeared at numerous theaters including Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park, The Plaza Lighting Ceremony, New Theatre Restaurant and at Disney World and Universal Studios.
More than 200 singers from across the metro participated in KC SuperStar’s preliminary auditions in the spring. In addition to the $10,000 scholarship, other KC SuperStar finalists will be awarded scholarships for second place – $5,000; Third Place-$2,500; and Fourth Place-$1,000.
KC SuperStar is the annual fundraiser for The J. Proceeds from KC SuperStar help provide transportation, meals, education, camp, wellness programs and the arts to so many deserving children, families, individuals and senior adults.
Longtime J members and dedicated volunteers Andrew and Sheryl Kaplan are chairs of KC Superstar 2017 along with Co-chairs Eric and Shanny Morgernstern.
About “The J”
Established more than 100 years ago, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, “The J,” provides a warm welcome to families of all backgrounds. “The J’s” all-in-one hub for health, learning and well-being elevates the lives of the community and its members with programs of excellence in fitness, sports, theatre, cultural arts, senior adult programming and youth services including summer camps and child development. Everyone can live up at “The J,” located in Overland Park, Kansas, and at thejkc.org.
CUTLINE: The top 10 finalists in the KC SuperStar high school singing competition (front row, from left) include Byron Hyde, Mallory Griffin, Olivia Johnson, Brynna Darley, Savanna Worthington, (back row, from left) Sam Aubuchon, Madi Toman, Devion Williams, Chloe Puetz and Brooklynn Anderson.