'BBB'-Silver awards give a hand to 3 future stars

By: Catherine Bigelow

There was a spirited pep rally of the most vociferous proportions last week at Club Fugazi, where talented Bay Area high school seniors sang, danced and acted their hearts out during the Steve Silver Foundation and "Beach Blanket Babylon" Scholarship for the Arts awards.

"Thirty-seven years ago this month, my late husband, Steve Silver, opened the first night of this show he created," "BBB" producer Jo Schuman Silver said. "It's my honor to keep his vision and creativity alive through this scholarship program."

She received more than 400 entries and spent the past few months poring over them, saying it was no easy task to determine just nine finalists, who all took their turn in the spotlight.

Nailing it for a "BBB"-size $10K check in support of their college tuition: dancer Darius Drooh (Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts), actress Jessica Chanliau (Novato's Marin School of the Arts) and singer Jillian Butler (Brentwood's Liberty High School).