By MARY RAINWATER
The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association will present the annual Houston County Youth Talent Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crockett Civic Center.
Featuring some of the best and brightest talent from all over Houston County, the theme of this year’s show is “Puttin’ on the Ritz!” and is dedicated to longtime Crockett resident and esteemed community member, Bill Schulman.
“Mr. Schulman owned and operated the Ritz theater in Crockett,” PWFAA associate producer Lynn Barnhart said. “He passed away May 3, but left instructions the theater should stay open, even on the day of his service. He was a true showman and believed ‘the show must go on!’”
Schulman also was the owner and operator of Schulman Theatres Inc., which includes the Palestine movie theater that is now owned and operated by his son, Mark Schulman.
“The Houston County Youth Talent showcase will have the all the glamour of old Hollywood with singing, dancing, music and a percussion act that has to be seen to be believed,” Barnhart said.
The professionally-produced showcase event has been presented by PWFAA for the youth of Houston County for 22 years. Proceeds from the showcase will help support PWFAA’s school-time programming for the 2013-14 school year.
PWFAA’s Arts-in-Education panelists auditioned over 140 acts at area schools.
This year’s panelists include: Janet Walker of Crockett, Perry Bobbit of Grapeland, Don Colasanti of Jordan/Vista Academy, Margaret Wright of Kennard, Rhonda Price of Latexo and Deeanne Sweeney of Lovelady.
Performing at Saturday’s showcase are (listed by school):
• Lovelady — Victoria Logan, “Hit Me Up”; Jacy Stubblefield, Megan Williams and Ayvery Sallee, “Swagger”; and Eli Admire, “Killer Joe.”
• Crockett — Kiran Amjad and Kalie Land, “Cup Song”; Faith White, “One Moment at a Time”; Kendra McCullough, “Take Me to The King”; Kelsi Colbert and Cassie Murphee, “Fully Alive”; and Will Brannen, “Cruise.”
• Kennard — Deja Peterson, “Indescribable”; Alli Rae White, “Going In”; Matthew Moore and Maddie Moore, “Amazing Grace Medley”; Lyndsey Cole, “Amazing Grace Medley”; Kennard Ringtones, "Trumpet Voluntary"; and Sarah Ackley, Eli Avila, Ty Best, Collin Champagne, Stormie Davis, Monica Dias, Colton Dowdy, Matthew Flower, Delailah Galvan, Kaylie Henderson, Miranda Peacock and Morgan Pleasant.
• Latexo — Sydney Furrh, “Watch Me”; Haleigh McKenney, “A Dream is a Wish”; Tamesha Duncan, “I’m Going Down”; Jordan and Randi Lane, “They’re Everywhere”; and Olivia Santone, “Blue Bird.”
• Grapeland — Neomi Lopez, “Gold”; J.D. Martin, “Ovation 2”; Shelby Bruner and Liz Conner, “Momma’s Broken Heart”; and Paige Scott, “Style vs. Anointing.”
• Jordan School/Independent — Eden Owens, “All That Matters”; Avery Cobbs, “TTY XOXO”; Addie Coldiron, “Millionaire’s Hoedown”; Presley Ellis, “A Thousand Years”; Katie Bradshaw, Jamie Welch, Aliya Lane, Alyssa Dilli, Avery Cobbs, Allie White and Carson Pardue, “Dig a Little Deeper”; and Katie Bradshaw, Jamie Welch, Aliya Lane, Alyssa Dilli, Avery Cobbs, Allie White, Carson Pardue, Maddie Conner, Jordan Davenport, Victoria Logan, Paige Huff, Jamie Irvin and Kirsten Jeitz, “Survivor.”
“Come out and support the young talent of Houston County and see the future of entertainment as these young stars begin their rise to stardom,” Barnhart said.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crockett Civic Center with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for 18 and under, and can be purchased at the PWFAA office or at the box office the night of the show.
The PWFAA office, located at 603 E Goliad, Suite 203 in Crockett, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 936-544-4276 or go the website at www.pwfaa.org.
The showcase is sponsored by Coca-Cola of Crockett.
Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at email@example.com