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Stars of Tomorrow finalists wow the crowd at Fox Theatre
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Stars of Tomorrow finalists wow the crowd at Fox Theatre

ATLANTA -- The incredible voices of the 10 teen finalists in Variety of Georgia’s Stars of Tomorrow competition echoed through the halls of the Fox Theatre Sunday evening, but one voice in particular carried above the rest. Meagan Sharp, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, dazzled the crowd with her outstanding performance and was crowned the winner of Variety’s second annual vocal competition.

“The level of talent was off the charts,” said Variety of Georgia Executive Director Chase Evangeline Andrews. “Each of the finalists gave stunning performances, and I’m sure the judges had a difficult time determining the winner of the evening.”

An audience of friends, family, show-business veterans and community influencers was filled with excitement as the finalists performed their highly anticipated acts, but it was Meagan’s flawless renditions of Shirley Jones’ “If I Loved You” and Bach – Gounod’s “Ave Maria” that stole the show. As the winner of the singing competition, the talented teen received a check for $2,500, a custom-made demo CD, a Frabel trophy, an audition for the Theatre of the Stars and tickets to an upcoming performance at The Fox Theatre.

First and second runner-ups went to Bria Johnson and Sarah Mootz for their performances of Jessie J’s “Mama Knows Best” and Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” respectively. Bria, a student at the Dekalb Schools of Arts from Lithonia, also sang a beautiful version of Jennifer Hudson’s “I Am Changing.” Sarah, a student at Lanier High School from Buford, performed a moving version of Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as her second piece. Bria and Sarah proudly accepted a custom-made demo CD, a Frabel trophy and an audition for the Theatre of the Stars.

“Overall, the evening was a success for both the participating teens and for our philanthropy,” said Andrews. “The finalists received valuable experience and exposure, and we raised close to $66,000 for children in need.” 

The Stars of Tomorrow competition benefits Variety of Georgia initiatives across the state and aims to aid and enhance the lives of children in challenging circumstances. Event co-chairs Carolyn Lee Wills and Former Chief Barker Mike Dangerfield help further the organization’s commitment to enhancing the lives of area youth. Through the competition, Georgia teens between the ages of 13-19 were given the opportunity to not only showcase their talents and pursue their dreams, but also to develop skills they will use for years to come. 

About Variety of Georgia, Tent 21

Tent 21 was established in Atlanta in 1939 as the 21st chapter of Variety International, commonly known as the World's Greatest Children's Charity. Variety of Georgia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The charity’s mission is to aid and enhance the lives of children in need who may be challenged by physical and/or mental disabilities, poverty, abuse or neglect. Echoing the first Variety fundraising event, a circus-themed affair held under a big-top, clubs are often called "Tents" and members "Barkers.”

Following the tradition of the founders of the first Tent in Pittsburgh, Pa., 80 percent of the members of Tent 21 hail from the motion picture industry, though membership is open to all who care about children.

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