By Sarah Naron

Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – The brightest young stars of the Lone Star State’s oldest county will be given their chance to shine when they take the stage of the Crockett Civic Center on Saturday, May 19 for the 2018 Houston County Youth Talent Showcase.

“The panel of judges always has a very difficult time casting the show as there were so many talented, qualified acts auditioning,” said Glenn Barnhart, Executive Director of the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association (PWFAA). “However, limited space won’t accommodate everyone.”

On behalf of the PWFAA, Barnhart expressed pride in all of the young hopefuls who came to the auditions to try their hand at landing a spot in the showcase.

According to Barnhart, this year’s show will kick off with Alex Andrade, Zoey Brent, Skyy Hardwick, Journee Maudlin, Chloe Ray, Maddie Rice and Aspen Vickers dancing to “I’m a Lady.”

A recitation of poetry by Shel Silverstein will be provided by Georgie Dean, followed by a piano and vocal performance of ‘Jealous’ by Bethany Crowe.

Performing a violin and piano rendition of Bach’s Minuet 1 will be Emily Groom, Zachary Neel, Morgan Smalling and Hannah Willbourn.

Teaming up for a musical performance of “Seven Years Old” will be A’nyya Mitchell and Kenya Terry. Following their act, Ashton Mathis will accompany herself on the guitar as she sings “That’s What I’m Here For.”

A performance of “For He That is Mighty” by Jeremiah Stewart will feature trombone and piano, after which Madison Williams will present a vocal peformance of ‘Supermarket Flowers.’

Wilbourn will make a second appearance onstage with a violin and piano performance of ‘Puppet Show,’ followed by Shaun Matthew singing ‘My Way.’

Hannah, Kendall and Taylor Hickson will then take the stage for a performance featuring pianos and strings.

Continuing the evening of entertainment will be Nohemi Alvarado presenting a vocal performance of “A Thousand Years,” followed by Tatum Neel performing a dance to “Dream.”

A drum, French horn and piano tribute to the late Perry Franks, former Grapeland ISD band director, will be presented by Aaron Davis, Jr., Ashton Henry and J.D. Martin.

Following an intermission, Katie Bradshaw will take the stage with a musical theatrical performance of ‘The Latte Boy.’ A guitar and vocal performance of ‘Riptide’ by Destiny Boykin will follow.

Carmen Coldiron will present a musical performance of “Requiem,” followed by Cassie Murphee singing “Hallelujah” and Dariann Commiato’s vocal performance of “American Honey.”

Karin Duron, Chassidy Hicks, Kailen Martin, Shaylie Rice and Haley Shupak will dance to “Burnin’ Up” before Kent Thatcher takes the stage for a vocal performance of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

A trio composed of Aaron Barclay, Precious Epps and Noelia Sheppard will present a bass drum, piano and vocal performance of “10,000 Reasons.” Ashton, Madeline and William Mathis will then take the spotlight for a violin performance of “Old Joe Clark.”

Rounding out the evening will be three vocal performances – “Faithfully,” by Tori Cole, “Silhouette,” for which Colten Franklin will accompany himself on the guitar and “A Change is Gonna Come,” by Destini Mancilla.

All of the cast will join together for a finale performance of “We Are the World.”

Adult tickets to the showcase are six dollars, while children ages 18 and under will be admitted for $3. Purchases may be made in advance at the PWFAA office at 603 E. Goliad Ave., Ste. 203 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information about the showcase, please visit www.pwfaa.org or call the office at 936-544-4276.

Sarah Naron may be reached via email at snaron@messenger-news.com.