Beach Blanket Babylon Announces 2014 'Scholarship for the Arts' Finalists
Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the nine Bay Area seniors selected as finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon "Scholarship for the Arts." Each of the finalists will perform live in front of friends, family and a panel of celebrity judges on Monday, June 2. One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform are:
ANNABEL HOPE - Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
CAMRON JONES - Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon
MARVIN VELASCO - Archbishop Riordan High School, San Francisco
CLARK GRIFFIN - Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough
JOHN VIERNES - Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
JENNIFER WANG - Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto
MARISOL DE ANDA - Skyline High School, Oakland
ALEXANDRA GALLO - Marin Catholic High School, Kentfield
NATHAN MYERS - Bishop O' Dowd High School, Oakland
"This year we received an overwhelming number of entries from high school seniors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area," said Schuman Silver. "It's really wonderful to see so much young talent. Picking the nine finalists was not an easy task. The judges definitely have their work cut out for them!"
The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: choreographer Val Caniparoli, composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera's General Director David Gockley, Grammy Award winner MC Hammer, famed opera composer Jake Heggie, SFJAZZ Center's Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline, actress Rita Moreno, California Shakespeare Theater's Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater's Artistic Director Carey Perloff, KRON4/KCBS Radio's Jan Wahl and jazz & cabaret singer Paula West. Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Don Bleu from 103.7 "The Greatest Hits of All Time".