High school performers headline Rotary event

It’s time again for the high school stars to come out and show their talents at the Rotary Club of La Jolla’s “Stars in Our Eyes” event.

Set for Friday at 7 p.m., the performance showcases more than 100 students from La Jolla’s four high schools: The Bishop’s School, La Jolla High School, La Jolla Country Day School and The Preuss School. It will be held at the Parker Auditorium at La Jolla High School.

Supporting students

Money raised at the event supports the Rotary Club’s extensive scholarship programs, which over the past 13 years has totaled more than $2 million.

Patricia Lynch, who co-chairs the event with Dick Woltman, said, “Involvement in the arts not only provides outlets for students’ creative and artistic expression, but it provides opportunities to gain important life skills: team work, cooperation, focus, and discipline, as well as to gain self-confidence.”

The mother of two daughters at La Jolla High, the director of an arts foundation, and an occasional performer herself in the San Diego Opera, she added, “It is truly amazing to discover each year the incredible young talent that auditioned for this show.”

Song, dance and more

As in past years, the audience will be treated to a multifaceted array of performing arts, ranging from major song and dance production numbers, such as “Wilkommen” from Cabaret, “And All That Jazz,” from Chicago and “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, to ballet and tap dance, monologues, solo and duet singers and musicians, including piano, clarinet, cello and guitar, big bands, string ensembles and jazz trios.

Stars In Our Eyes includes an exhibit hall of student artwork - paintings utilizing various mediums, pottery, sculptures and a wide-ranging display of highly creative art objects.

Tribute to all

Woltman, who coordinates underwriting of the production, said, “The level of talent displayed by the students is a real testimony to the quality of our teachers, parents and schools.”

Rotary of La Jolla awards approximately $150,000 in scholarships to seniors from the La Jolla high schools, as well as Garfield High School, and continues to support a youth scholarship program for at-risk, underserved middle- and high-school-age children in Tijuana.

Additional co-chairs were the originator of “Stars In Our Eyes,” Zeke Knight, retired Headmaster of The Bishop’s School, and Russell King, director of University Arts.


  • ‘Stars in Our Eyes, 2009’
  • Friday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
  • Parker Auditorium at La Jolla High School.
  • For tickets, contact Bill Meanley at (858) 270-

2938 or purchase at door

  • Ticket prices: $10 students, $25 adults
  • For additional information about the Rotary Club
of La Jolla and its scholarship program, go to