Operation Rising Star returns to Kaiserslautern
Shaunna Cook, the 2010 KMC Operation Rising Star finalist, practices here performance. The contest, sponsored annually by the U.S. Army Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is holding auditions Sept. 13 at KMC Onstage on Kleber Kaserne.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Kaiserslautern Military Community's Operation Rising Star, an annual vocal performance contest, takes place Sept. 22 at the Armstrong Club ballroom on Vogelweh.

Mandatory a cappella auditions for the contest are Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at KMC Onstage at Kleber Kaserne, said Jim Sohre, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's entertainment director.

"You can't win if you don't enter so get your application in now," Sohre said.

The contest has taken off in recent years, partly because contestants earn the chance, if selected, to fly to the States for the grand finals, Sohre said.

"At the garrison level, talented participants get the opportunity to perform for their peers and score good prizes," Sohre said.

Last year, first-place winner Kristi Menyfield was one of 12 contestants selected compete at Army-level

"Each garrison's first place winner gets nominated to the grand finals," Sohre said. "We were very proud of Kristi's outstanding performance."

Local garrison winners who place in the top three, earn cash prizes from $100 to $500. Another highlight is the "Spirit Award" -- a $300 prize for the unit or family readiness group that demonstrates the best support for their contestant.

Singers passing this hurdle compete at KMC Operation Rising Star, a public event that starts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets are $3.

"We're looking forward to a great lineup of vocal entertainment on display at Armstrong's and hope to have another top Kaiserslautern contestant this year at all Army," Sohre said.

The contents to all active duty, National Guard or Reserve service members, from any branch, and family members over 18, who have a valid military ID card. Entrants must be in amateur status at the time of the contests.

Other rules and conditions are outlined on the official application, available at KMC Onstage or online at: www.OpRisingStar.com. For more information call 0631-411-6252.

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