Local kids display talent

First Posted: 4/16/2009

From the Constitution to the latest Hannah Montana song, audience members heard it all at the 4-H Talent Show held Thursday night.
For the second year, members of some of the 13 4-H clubs in Surry County dazzled the audience at the Downtown Cinema with their talents. From among the 11 acts, two were chosen to represent the county at the district activity day for a chance to move on to the state performance round.
Alex Glidewell and Merritt Artim were awarded the honor of attending district in competition for the county. Glidewell wowed the judges with his rendition of the Star Wars theme which he played on the trumpet. He has been playing for about two years and preparing for the talent show for three months. While the theme song went over well in the county, he is considering changing up his performance before district.
This was my first talent show, but Ive played in front of people before, he said of being nervous about his performance.
Artim earned the overall first place for her performing a song of her own composition on the piano. She called the tune The Last Snowflake of Winter. She has been playing for about two years.
One day I just hit a note and thought wow that sounds pretty and it kind of went from there, she said of writing her own music. I didnt think the song was going to be that good especially after Jessie (Childs) played such a great song.
Other acts throughout the night featured a number of talented performances by members of the Childs family. Penelope and David began the night for the family by reciting the preamble to the Constitution and the first article respectively. Hannah came next, reciting from Proverbs Chapter 31. Jessie followed by playing Etude in D minor on the piano.
Rebecca Cahall and Melanie Shur brought a taste of Hannah Montana to the show by singing Lets Get Crazy and dancing to Lets Dance.
Janessa Hall showed off her talent as a yodeler while Caitlin Hurt overcame the odds of her CD not playing to perform an impromptu acrobatics routine.
In the group category, Laura Rutt and Brittne Glidewell performed a skit hinting at the many wonders of the 4-H program. Courtney, Sarah and Caleb Orange wowed the audience with a rendition of I Saw the Light with Caleb playing the guitar and Sarah and Courtney singing in the final act of the evening.
All of the performers received a ribbon for participation but only those ages 9 and older were eligible for consideration of attending the district competition.
They are judged based on their performance competing against themselves, said Bonnie Cahall, 4-H club leader, of the way judging was handled. She noted that awards were only given out for the top two performers. Otherwise, there could be several who received the same color ribbon.
The 4-H program in the county hopes to see the talent show continue as well as the many other programs the youths are involved in.
Just keep trying, keep practicing and keep getting nervous because it makes you better, said Artim as advice to future talent show participants.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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