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Boba Cabaret hosts ‘Search for a Star 2020’

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Boba Café and Cabaret, 1900 S. Espina St., will host the “Search for a Star 2020” competition during four performances, Jan. 31-Feb. 8.

Performances will be Friday-Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and Feb. 7-8. There will be dinner shows at 6 p.m. and cocktail shows at 8:30 p.m. each of the four nights.

Tickets are $12.50 for the cocktail show and $25 for the dinner show.

After successfully auditioning, contestants vying for a $500 cash prize will be Chris Florez, Piper Gandy, Chris Mack, Luis Melendez, Marissa Orozco, Samuel Orozco, Timothy Parra, Matthew Power, Sarah Q., Zeta Shearill, Dzaki Sukarno and Ximena Solis-Rios.

Gail Zimmer is producing the show for Boba. Her daughter is performer Taylor Rey, a former Miss New Mexico and 2018 Miss America semi-finalist. Rey has completed an internship with Ars Nova Theater in New York City, where she now lives, taking acting classes and auditioning for parts.  

“I am creating an environment/event to give back the same experience to the next generation of young talent” that Rey had, Zimmer said, adding that Rey’s first performance on the stage at Boba Cabaret was at age 12.

Growing up in Las Cruces, Rey was a student at Michelle’s Dance Academy and a member of the Doña Ana Youth Choir. She learned to play the viola in the sixth grade and performed in her favorite musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” at Rio Grande Theatre at age 15. She starred in productions at Las Cruces High School and Oklahoma City University (she’s in OCU’s Hall of Queens) and in Scaffolding Theatre Company’s productions of “Nine” and “Chicago,” “Dames at Sea” and “White Christmas” for Las Cruces Community Theatre and “Twitch” at Black Box Theatre, and headlined two recent productions at Boba Cabaret, all in Las Cruces.

For reservations and more information, call Boba at 575-647-5900.

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