With "American Idol" and similar shows taking over television, offering true musical ability with a subplot of people looking like fools, it's a relief to see a good, old-fashioned, hometown talent show.
On Monday night, students from elementary, middle and high schools from across Routt County will show off the talents they have been developing at piano, flute, voice and dance lessons during the 38th annual Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club Stars of Tomorrow show.
The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. Elementary school students are on stage first for those with early bedtimes.
Twenty-five students are entered in this year's contest, and registration is closed.
The event is organized and staffed by the Kiwanis Club, but the hardest job, the judging, is done by community members who are music teachers or in some other way involved in the music community.
This year, the judges will be Courtney Gill, Jill Leary and Lucy Middleton.
Each participant is given a certificate, and medals are given to the top three performers in each age category. The winner in the senior division will be eligible to go to the district Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow competition, held annually on the Front Range or in Wyoming. The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club pays the person's expenses.
At the district competition, performers get a chance to win scholarship money for college.
Even if you don't have children in the show, chairman Bob Hall said, the show is worth seeing.
"If you enjoy young people and being impressed by their capabilities, it's fun to see the talent we have here," he said.
Admission to Stars of Tomorrow is $5 for adults and $2 for students. The money is used to cover the cost of prizes.
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