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'Rising Stars' lift arts gala even higher

'Rising Stars' lift arts gala even higher

Besides honoring veterans of the local arts scene, the Howard County Arts Council's Celebration of the Arts at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre on Saturday, March 23, also honors young performers who are just starting out. Its Rising Stars Emerging Performing Artist Award Competition is for performing artists between the ages of 18 and 35. This year, there are 10 contestants competing for a cash prize of $5,000.

The pressure of being given a three-minute performance slot to deliver the goods is enough to make audience members nervous, so how do the young performers themselves feel about it?

"A performance is a performance regardless of whether it is a...