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Three local teens to get shot in the Adelines' spotlight

Three Lower Valley teenage singers will have a chance to shine and compete for cash prizes before a hometown crowd, thanks to the Rolling Hills Chorus Chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

Tony Magana of Sunnyside High School, Josie Chase of Mabton High School and Tara Collins of Grandview High School will be featured as guest performers at the Sweet Adelines Jan. 28 concert, to be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

The theme of the Friday night concert is "Hit Me With the Spotlight," said Show Director Cris Turner of Richland.

The teens were selected from among 11 Lower Valley high school students who auditioned in October for the right to compete for scholarships and a public venue to showcase their talents.

The teens have all chosen to sing Broadway show tunes in keeping with the Rolling Hills Chorus's show theme, said Turner. Turner said each will compete for cash honors based on a vote of the audience the night of their performance.

"They will be judged on their performance, style and costume," said Turner.

"We'll give the first, second and third place winners a $300, $200 and $100 scholarship, respectively, to help further their musical education," she explained.

Magana, an SHS sophomore, plans to perform Close Every Door from the Broadway musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat.

Magana, who most recently appeared as Romeo in the Sunnyside High School drama department production of Romeo and Juliet, will again be on stage when the drama department presents its spring musical, Grease, in February. He will play Danny.

Chase, a sophomore at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School, will present a medley of songs from the hit Broadway musical Chicago.

Chase, a member of her high school choir, said she has been practicing at home with her mother, Leslie Chase, and with her high school choral director, Jen LeRose, in preparation for the Sweet Adelines' show.

Collins, who is a GHS senior, will perform Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, from the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Collins, who has been singing since she was 9-years-old, said she is currently directing a musical of her own as a senior project. She will also appear in the Valley Theater Company's spring production of She Loves Me, which opens in March.

Turner, who has directed the regional Sweet Adelines Chorus for the past seven years, said normally the group invites a guest quartet from out of the area to perform at its shows.

"This year we decided to keep our money local. Selecting young performers to participate with us for scholarships is a way for us to showcase their talents," Turner said.

"In addition, we are giving more people exposure to the barbershop style of music, which we love," she added.

"We're excited by the talent of the performers who are participating in this first time effort. We plan to do it again," Turner said.

Tickets for the Rolling Hills Chorus winter show are available in Sunnyside at the Daily Sun News, 600 S. Sixth St., and at the Battelle Performing Arts Center, 716 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. A special family ticket is available at the cost of $25 for a family of five.

A similar show, featuring six Tri-Cities high school students, will be presented Jan. 29, at Richland High School at 2:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.

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