Rising Stars: Program showcases young talent
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
March 30, 2011 04:00 am

Alex Wingate and Silas Pieper present Poetry in Motion. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Ten young people from the community stepped onto the Harbor Performing Arts Center stage Saturday night to perform nine acts during the first Rising Stars Talent Parade.

The program, sponsored by Brookings-Harbor Community Theater, was not a contest. The only prize was the applause from the audience that filled most of the seats. The program was for young people, ranging in age from 5 to 16, to show their best.

Rising Stars was an opportunity for the youth in the community to take the stage with the benefit of lights and sound, said Dori Blodgett, president of Brookings-Harbor Community Theater. Blodgett introduced the individual acts while Vice President Leanne McCurley handled the lights and accompaniment music.

Kicking off the acts were Alex Wingate and Silas Pieper presenting Poetry in Motion. Wingate portrayed a mad professor who talked about his robotic creation (Pieper) through poetry.

Next up was Dorothy Shull, the only teenager to take the stage. She performed “Pray” by Justin Bieber. Shull performed the same song earlier this month at the Brookings-Harbor High School talent show.

Shull was followed by Stephanie Birks singing “Via Dolorosa,” a song from the namesake play about the religious history of Israel and Palestine.

Everett Van Maren performed the first of two violin solos of the evening. He performed “The Two Gren-adiers.” Later in the program, Violinist Shaina Lord performed “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Taylor Swift songs were popular among the young performers. Maya Primich, who is a veteran vocal competitor, sang “You Belong With Me.” Aynika Nelson sang “Picture to Burn.”

Felicia Wingate, who most recently performed for a Stagelights Musical Arts Community music showcase on the same stage, sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

Capping the evening was Shawntisha Bailey who sang “Music of My Heart” by Nicole C. Mullen. Bailey is also a veteran competitor, having performed at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Local television station KBSC-TV recorded the event and will air the program.

The event was a fundraiser to benefit theater youth programs. That evening, the Brookings-Harbor Education Foundation presented at $1,000 grant to the theater at the beginning of the program. The grant will be used for children’s theater programs.

Brookings-Harbor Community Theater presents several plays throughout the year featuring a cast of children only. The most recent to be staged were “Tom Sawyer, Pirate” and “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Coming in May will be “The Jungle Book.”

The theater group also presents plays featuring adults. Presented this weekend is a reading of “The Bottom of the Box” written by North Bend Playwright Judy Elliot McDonald. Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3.

The following weekend will be the opening of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple – Female Version.” Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays for three weekends, April 8-24.

A murder mystery dinner theater will close out the month of April.

For information about the theater, call Blodgett at 541-661-2473.