Logan does have talent


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Photo submitted Lydia Manley plays “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on the ukulele.


Photo submitted Pictured are April Kutzman and Clay Bilyeu.


Photo submitted Nick Posey plays “I’ll Be Seeing You,” on the harmonica with a family dedication.


Photo submitted Rae Ann Whitley shows off her magic.


Photo submitted Rebekah Holt dancing to “Blue Bird” from Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.”


Logan’s Got Talent and a lot of it says organizers of the annual event which was held March 25, 2016, at the historic Logan County Courthouse. This is the fourth year for the showcase, which is sponsored by the Russellville Arts Council. Auditions were held March 22 to find out who would move on to the showcase, and there were many wonderful talented people featured.

“In case you were wondering, yes, Logan has got talent – quiet a lot of it, actually,” said organizers. “Anyone who was privileged to attend the 4th Annual Logan’s Got Talent showcase at the historic Logan County Courthouse on March 25 can vouch for that fact. The standing-room-only ground was treated to a wide array of acts, ranging from bluegrass pickers to opera singers, ballet dancers to jump rope performers, harmonica instrumentalists to gymnasts. There was even a magician and a ukulele player, all for the rock-bottom price of just $5 per person.”

Special guests at the event were the Stevenson Power Jumpers (Keela Skaggs, sponsor) who kicked off the evening, followed by an evening of entertainment by the varied and very talented acts selected by an out-of-town panel of judges during an audition process earlier in the week.

Vocalist/guitarist Jaclyn Batchelor performed “It is Well;” vocalist Harley Robertson performed “If We’re Honest;” ballerina Rebekah Holt danced to “Blue Bird” from Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty;” vocalist/ukulele player Lydia Manley sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love;” and vocalist Russ Funk sang “The King of the Mountain.”

During intermission, guest performers Warren David Wright and Joe Hughes performed a couple of bluegrass numbers, including “Wabash Cannonball” and “Rocky Top.” The show then resumed with Nick Posey performing “I’ll Be Seeing You” on the harmonica, along with a dedication of the song to his family. The GymKatz of Logan County Gymnastics (Lisa Bunce, sponsor) were up next, impressing the crowd with their energetic routine. The evening was rounded out with vocalists Emily Holt singing “Blessings;” Hannah Lawrence singing “O Mio Babbino Caro;” Bre Barnes singing “From a Table Away;” and duo Karyn Kutzman and Jamie Tyler performing an “A Capella Alternative Pop.” Magician Rae Ann Whitley then took the stage, followed by the vocal/musicians trio of Jackie Johnson, Jordan Latham, and Kaleb O’Dell, who ended the evening with “God of the City.”

Event organizer, April Kutzman of the Russellville Arts Council, sends a a big thanks to the judges who assisted with the audition process, Beverly and Kevin Hall (Todd County) and Sean Mooningham (Muhlenberg/Hopkins). Thanks also to Clay Bilyeu, who ran the sound equipment and also sang “Buy me a Boat” as one of the acts was setting up; Eddie Brooks, who assisted with set up; and everyone in the community who came out and supported the show.

Photo submitted Lydia Manley plays “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on the ukulele.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_12718391_1103278186371179_8012226007242627108_n.jpgPhoto submitted Lydia Manley plays “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on the ukulele.

Photo submitted Pictured are April Kutzman and Clay Bilyeu.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_10569025_1103278839704447_9003867378221426584_n.jpgPhoto submitted Pictured are April Kutzman and Clay Bilyeu.

Photo submitted Nick Posey plays “I’ll Be Seeing You,” on the harmonica with a family dedication.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_1014082_1103278399704491_1617236211896760426_n.jpgPhoto submitted Nick Posey plays “I’ll Be Seeing You,” on the harmonica with a family dedication.

Photo submitted Rae Ann Whitley shows off her magic.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_6835.jpgPhoto submitted Rae Ann Whitley shows off her magic.

http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_12670904_1103277166371281_3843297659310854441_n.jpg

Photo submitted Rebekah Holt dancing to “Blue Bird” from Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.”
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_1937087_1103278136371184_1899474209696973572_n.jpg Photo submitted Rebekah Holt dancing to “Blue Bird” from Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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