The Night Of The Stars

Paramount Theatre
Our 16th Annual Performance is coming soon!
February 24 and 25, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

The 2016 Night of the Stars was another big success.  Students from both Apollo and Tech high schools, and some from middle and elementary schools, showed off talent, skill, hard work and enthusiasm.

View photos from the 2016 event - Part 1
View photos from the 2016 event - Part 2
View video from the 2016 event

Nearly full houses each night were entertained and impressed, and proceeds help support school activity programs throughout the school district.

LEAF thanks all of the student performers, and also our amazing directors: Denny Smith, Gary Zwack. Deb BendixFiddler, Nicholas Hollermann, Victoria Janasz. Kristen Mattick, Kayla Parker.  The show would not happen without our accompanists Sean Irawan & Susan Hill, and choreographer Megan Potter-Seamus.

Thanks also to costumer Jennifer Schnobrich, technical director Chuck Norwood, to the stage crew Tom Imholte and Mark Reber, Chuck Norwood on lighting and Frank Grether on sound.

We are also grateful for our generous sponsors and NOTS committee members who continue to help promote the mission of LEAF and support all students in District 742 by supporting this annual event.   

Silver Leaf Sponsors
ADCO-Don Farleo Advertising & Design
Holiday Inn and Suites
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
St. Cloud Times
Townsquare Media/WJON

Bronze Leaf Sponsors
Proviant Group
St. Cloud Education Association

Green Leaf Sponsors
Bremer Bank
Central MN Community Foundation
St. Cloud Administrator’s Association
St. Cloud Orthopedics
Yapel Orthodontics

Contributing Sponsors
Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI)
Plaza Park Bank
St. Cloud Surgical Center

Donor Sponsors
Bruce Mohs
Colleen & Bruce Hentges
Pat & Dave Krueger
Joe & Sue Meyer
Pat Welter & Patrick Henry

2016 Night of the Stars Committee
Jean Sonsteby, Colleen Hentges, Don Farleo, Mike Janey, John Oxton, Ken Kelsey, Pat Krueger,  Andrea Swanberg, Kris Scharenbroich, Mark Helminick, Dave Langerud, and Bruce Hentges

A Little Night Of The Stars History

View Programs from previous performances:
2015 Night of the Stars

As part of LEAF’s efforts to save Junior High activities, the annual “Night of the Stars” talent show was initiated in April, 2002.  This fundraising effort was initially held at the St. Cloud Civic Center.  “Night of the Stars” promotes the work of LEAF and the impact of endowment-funded grant cycles for District 742 activities.  For the first three years, the Civic Center venue for this event showcased athletic clinics and music activities.  Alumni pro athletes Jim Eisenreich, Jim Fahnhorst, and Keith Fahnhorst have made appearances and outstanding music alumni have graced the concert stage.  In 2004, Christopher Weldon, concert pianist and ‘92 Apollo graduate, provided clinics for Tech and Apollo students weekdays and then performed on the “Night of the Stars” stage.  Tech’s own Krista Weis, class of ‘82, an accomplished music educator and conductor, returned to rehearse and then conduct a combined Apollo and Tech Orchestra. And ‘72 Tech grad and acclaimed motivational speaker, Mark Scharenbroich, was a masterful emcee for 2004’s star attractions.

In 2005, a change of venue moved the “Night of the Stars” to the Paramount Theater and introduced a new format. The 2005 stars were District 742 students, faculty, and staff; the format was a variety show appealing to all ages. The “Night of the Stars” Silent Auction, a hallmark of this event since its inception, was housed in the Paramount lobby. In 2006, the \"Night of the Stars\" was expanded to two shows, a matinee and a 7:30 evening show and in 2009 it moved to Friday and Saturday evening performances.  The silent auction has become an \"on-line\" auction.  With the hard work of the “Night of the Stars” event committee, this annual event has become a highlight of the school year, a great opportunity to raise funds for the LEAF Endowment and a chance for students and staff to be “stars for the night” at the LEAF \"Night of the Stars!\"

The Night of the Stars, held each February or March, continues to be a major fundraising event for LEAF, with proceeds divided between the school activities programs that sell tickets and the LEAF Endowment.  The event has grown to where it is generating nearly $25,000 in revenue annually.

Event Goals:

  • Sell out the Paramount Theatre – twice!
  • Raise at least $20,000 for the Leaf Endowment
  • Give at least $8,000 directly to activities programs through ticket sales
  • Increase awareness of LEAF and its Mission
  • Increase awareness of the importance of student activities.


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