Operation Rising Star returns to Kaiserslautern

by U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Public Affairs

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 to 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 at Armstrong’s and hope to have another top Kaiserslautern contestant this year,” Sohre said. The contest is for 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.