The J hosts vocal semifinals


Semifinals for KC SuperStar 2017 set for June 5
22 Semi-finalists chosen for high school singing competition

On Monday evening, June 5, at 7 p.m., 22 area high school performers will sing their hearts out competing in this year’s Semifinals of KC SuperStar!
Now in its eighth year, The Jewish Community Center (The J) sponsors this high school competition ala “The Voice” searching for the best singer in the Greater Kansas City Metro area. These teens continue their musical journey hoping to win the grand prize of a $10,000 scholarship
A panel of judges selected the 22 singers from open auditions held in the spring.

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The June 5 Semifinals will take place in the White Theatre at The J, 5801 W. 115th St., in Overland Park. The public is invited to attend free of charge and cheer on their favorites. Those planning to come to the Semifinals are asked to bring a canned good to donate to Jewish Family Services Community Food Pantry that serves those facing hunger issues, regardless of faith or cultural background.

At the June 5 Semifinals, the singers will perform live with judges selecting 10 finalists who will go on to compete in the KC SuperStar finals on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Yardley Hall of Johnson County Community College. Area radio and television producer, Rich Linden, will serve as the host for the Semifinals. Linden is known as the voice of both Park University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City athletics.

At this year’s KC SuperStar finals Tony Award Nominee Megan Hilty, known for her amazing singing talents on the Broadway stage, film and the critically acclaimed television series “SMASH,” will serve as host. Hilty made her Broadway debut as Glinda in the musical “Wicked” opposite Tony Award winner Idina Menzel. After a year on Broadway, Hilty continued with “Wicked” on tour and in the 2007-2009 Los Angeles production.

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.

Andrew and Sheryl Kaplan, longtime J members and dedicated volunteers, are chairing KC Superstar 2017. Eric and Shanny Morgernstern, also veteran J members and dedicated volunteers, join them as vice co-chairs of the musical event.

For more information about KC SuperStar, please visit; please check out the Facebook page as well at

  • *The KC SuperStar Semi-finalists include (their name, high school, current year):
    Brooklynn Anderson – Olathe North, Senior
    Sam Aubuchon – Blue Springs School District, Sophomore (past finalist)
    Cally Beckman – Grain Valley School District, Senior
    Erin Cangelose – Blue Valley Northwest, Senior
    Maurissa Cunningham – Kansas City MO School District, Sophomore
    Brynna Darley – Lansing High School, Junior
    Laura Fotovich – Blue Valley Southwest, Senior
    Mallory Griffin – Oak Grove School District, Junior (past semifinalist)
    Byron Hyde – Kansas City MO School District, Senior (past semifinalist)
    Olivia Johnson – Oak Grove School District, Sophomore
    Jana Osborne – Pleasant Hill, Senior
    Chloe Puetz – Blue Valley North, Junior
    Olivia Sabates – Pembroke, Sophomore
    Rebekah Schoenfelt – Pleasant Hill School District, Senior
    Maela Jo Stevens – Wichita Northwest High School, Sophomore
    Libby Terril – St. Teresa’s Academy, Senior
    Elijah Thomas – Raytown School District, Junior
    Madi Toman – Paola, Junior (past finalist)
    Leah Willhite – Blue Valley West, Senior (past semifinalist)
    Aggie Williams – Shawnee Mission East, Freshman
    Devion Williams – Archbishop O’Hara, Junior
    Savanna Worthington – Shawnee Mission East, JuniorAbout

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