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NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan — From across the Kanto Plain, the best dancers, singers and dramatic performers will gather Saturday to vie for prizes in the Kanto Plain Youth and Teen talent show, held for the seventh time at Naval Air Facility Atsugi.

About 30 youths from 8 to 18, in 16 separate acts, will compete in junior and senior divisions, said Ginger Duhaylonsod, event organizer.

“Everybody knows about this and they come from all over to watch the kids perform,” she said.

The performers come from junior and senior high schools at Atsugi, Camp Zama and Yokosuka Naval Base. (Yokota Air Base did not participate this year.) The talents include solo singers and dancers, and performing-arts troupes and dance ensembles.

Winners in the junior and senior categories each earn a $200 gift certificate; second place, $150; and third, $100.

A five-judge panel will assess performances half on talent and half on a mix of stage presence and originality.

Each performer passed a preliminary base competition to be in Saturday’s finals.

The show will open with a guest performance by the 2005 winner, singer Sierra Robertson.

The intermission will feature the award-winning Ryohoku Junior High School Marching Band from Ayase.

During the show, the Navy Asia Youth of the Year award will be presented to this year’s winner, Amber Buck from Atsugi.

Kanto Plain Youth and Teen Talent Show; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cinema 77, Naval Air Facility Atsugi


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