Kaiman Advances to Finals
By Kelly Gallagher
Seton Junior Kalie Kaiman advanced to the finals in the Overture Award competition in the category of musical theater on Saturday, January 18.Finals will be on Saturday, March 1 at the Aronoff.
According to the website cincinnatiarts.com, the Overture Award is a program that emboldens and supports quality in the arts among Tri-state students in grades 9-12. The Award’s mission is to motivate a student’s education while identifying and encouraging their talents in the arts. There were 80 people competing in the first regional competition in Kaiman´s category, musical theatre. In the Semi-finals, there were only 14 competitors left. On March 1, Kaiman will be competing against three other students.
The Overture Award is made to construct an environment for the competitors to embrace their talent and compete for a generous award for their hard work. The Overture Awards Scholarship Competitions is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers scholarships in six different categories which include creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. A student from each discipline may win a $3,500 scholarship or a $750 finalist scholarship which a total of 18 competitors are awarded. Judges at all levels of the competition are brought from the professional arts community.
Kaiman auditioned for the musical theater category which includes very strict criteria. Performances were predominantly based on individual talent, skill, potential, stage presence, projection, articulation and pronunciation, interpretation and understanding of text, artistic expression, and physical movements and gestures. Kaiman was scored highest among her competitors. The contestants must have two selections to perform, one classical (pre-1900) monologue and one song from the musical theater range. The contestants must also be accompanied by a piano for their song. Kaiman says, “Any competition I can do or audition I can go on is great experience. Even if I don’t get anywhere in it, it’s good for me to keep practicing my skills. And exposure is really great, too (like getting your face out there—you never know who you’ll meet or what connections you’ll make!) However, if I do happen to get something out of it, (in this case—scholarship money!) then that’s really cool too. Plus it’s just fun doing what I love!” This is Kaimans second time competing in this competition. She competed last year in the same category, but did not advance past regionals Kaiman has already been awarded a $750 finalist scholarship but if she wins the award she will receive $3,500Tickets for the finals are $15 and can be bought starting on Friday, January 31 online at http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/education-community/overture-awards. Good luck Kalie!