We’ve Got Talent scheduled Sunday
By Haley Schichtl
The Carroll County Music Group (CCMG) will hold the ninth annual “We’ve Got Talent” show from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in The Auditorium.
Tickets to the show are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be sold at the door. The doors to The Aud will open at 3:15 p.m. and the theater doors open at 3:30 p.m. All proceeds go toward scholarships for local students to attend music camps.
CCMG president Sharon Parker said the production is an opportunity for students to show their talent.
“We start scouting for acts to participate in January each year. Our fundraiser is always in March,” Parker said.
The performances include string ensembles, band, dance, choir, musical theater performances and soloists.
This year’s performers are Jim Swiggart and the Carroll County Community Orchestra, the Natural State Strings of Fayetteville, a musical theater piece from Berryville High School, all levels of Berryville’s choirs, solo vocal and theater selections from Eureka Springs School, three community adult choirs — Ozark Chorale, Holiday Island Singers and Celebration Choir — the Elite School of Dance and the Butterfly Women.
Parker said hopefully concerns over the coronavirus won’t keep people away from the show.
“We’re taking precautions. We will have hand sanitizer at the door and backstage for our performers,” Parker said. “We work with the schools and since the schools haven’t received any notification about it, it’s a go.”Parker said CCMG usually pays a quarter to a half of each of the students’ tuition to camp, or the full tuition if the family’s financial need is great.
“We have a scholarship committee that meets, and we go through a process where we decide how much and to whom,” Parker said. “We try to get everyone covered. We don’t want to leave any child behind.”
She said the group also tries to be inclusive of all types of performance art and open to giving scholarships for whatever the students are interested in.
“Nowadays, kids are really interested in color guard,” Parker said. “It’s not just marching in straight lines. There’s a lot of ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance involved in that.”
Parker emphasized how much the kids love getting to go to music camp.
“Your hard-earned dollars help them to realize their dreams,” Parker said. “It’s very important to have the opportunity to perform, and to study in a different environment. That’s what these music camps offer.”