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2010-09-30 / Front Page

Local 8th Grader Dreams of the Big Screen

Local 8th grader, Noah Barnikow, has always dreamed of being an actor. Recently, he learned of an opportunity to make that dream a reality. Earlier this summer, Noah attended five weeks of classes in Austin in preparation to audition for IPOP representatives and agents. IPOP stands for International Presentation of Performers, which is a Convention that happens twice a year: in Las Vegas in July and Hollywood in January. IPOP! brings trained performers and models together to perform in front of the leading choreographers and show producers in the industry, and develop networking skills that will benefit them in the future.

In August, Noah performed at the Regional IPOP Showcase and was one of the few selected from Texas to attend the IPOP Convention to be held in Hollywood in January. Thousands of kids from Texas tried to reach this level, but Noah was one of only 33 who qualified to go to the National Convention where he will have the opportunity to show his talent to judging panels consisting of 150+ agents, casting directors and managers.

Noah is involved in the Theater Arts program at Lexington Middle School and the son of Karl, Jr. and Tara Barnikow of Lexington and the grandson of Lexington City Council member Lori and Karl, Sr. Barnikow, also of Lexington.

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