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They’ve Got Talent! CLCEC Talent Show Brings Out an Array of Star Performances

By Betsy Barnett

March 29, 2024

This is the second year that the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (CLCEC) has produced a talent show for the community it serves. This year’s talent show, consisting of over 20 acts, was dubbed “We’ve Got Talent!” and ended up being better than ever as the nearly full house was treated to an array of talents shown off by area children.

The talent show was a fundraiser produced by CLCEC as they continue to make improvements in their facilities during 2024. Betsy Barnett, Chairman of the Board for CLCEC said, “These are the types of events that we love to put on. They help raise a little money to keep us moving forward in our vision of creating a top-notch arts facility, and even more than that, the talent shows are a favorite for the children who love to get on the stage. That’s truly what we’re all about!”

A total of 20 children performed 23 different acts during the talent show that lasted just under an hour and half. The show and children were organized by CLCEC board member Claire Prince. Prince said, “"It was so exciting to see all of the diverse talent that comes from our community and surrounding areas. The talent show was all about showcasing this talent and giving the kids and opportunity to get on stage to gain experience. We really appreciate the audience that came to support these participants, and we hope to see them there this summer for the children's theater!".”

The Master of Ceremony for the night was Deborah Gooden, co-pastor at the Praise Community Church and former educator at Eads School District. Gooden did an exceptional job of highlighting each and every child and helping those who were a bit timid find their courage.

Gooden commented, “It was great to see Crow Luther Cultural Events Center hopping with the sounds and excitement of our talent show participants last Friday night. Praises to the leaders that have the vision to give our children, teens, and adults an opportunity to showcase their artistic skills, talents, and interests.”

The stage setting was designed by Debi & Fred Derby and included large paper flowers in a bouquet of spring colors and a large sign that read “2024 TALENT SHOW” in the same colors. On the big screen was projected groups of spring flowers as the setting for the program. In addition, the sound system and lighting were cooperated by CLCEC board member Marty Miller and Plains Theater & Maine Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe Manager Shawn Kraft.

The show started with a duet performed by twin brothers Brasen and Garren Wollert. The duet, “Sunday Best” included the two playing off each other within their parts. It was upbeat and just perfect in setting the happy, springtime theme of this show.

Some unique talents that were displayed included cheerleading by 3-year-old (it was her birthday) Prestyn Keplar and her 5-year-old sister Lydia Keplar; joke telling comedy by Miranda Keplar, Dekoda Lowe, Saige Sagner, and ; a Rubrics cube demonstration by Miles Frey who solved 5 different rubrics shape puzzles in 2:07 while the “Mission Impossible” theme song played in the background; and second grader Jessalynn Joy Johnson who showed off her tumbling talents.

Photo credit: Marty Miller, CLCEC

The night also featured a number of vocal acts including Yuki Halverson-Brooks singing “A Million Dreams” from the motion picture “The Greatest Showman.” Elementary students Charlie Prince and Aspen Muehlbauer teamed up to sing a lively version of “Best Day of my Life” by American Authors, and early elementary-aged brothers Kyce Gooden and Kalem Gooden teamed up to sing a competitive back-and-forth duet called “My Dog’s Better Than Your Dog.”

Then there was the precious rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” by 3-year-old Kalex Gooden, and a solo by Alexis Maldonado from Plainview School singing “Let It Go” from the motion picture “Frozen.” Then second grader Charlie Prince and his big buddy Brasen Wollert came together in a duet called “Stars” by the Christian group Skillet.

One of the best performances overall was a vocal duet by sisters Jaselyn Muth (6th grade) and Devrah Muth (4th grade) from Cheyenne Wells who took competing parts in the 1946 Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun” singing “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” complete with choreography.

One other entertaining vocal performance was a write-in when little brother Asher Muehlbauer wanted to sing one of his favorite songs, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar, but the performance turned into more of a lip-synced yet entertaining performance by the three-year-old.

There were also some special instrumental talents portrayed on the stage. Second grader Charlie Prince played “Ode to Joy” on the piano; Kindergartener Kalem Gooden performed “A Merry March” on the piano; Kyce Gooden also played a piano piece called “Dino Dance”; and Kytan Gooden impressively accompanied “Start Over” by Flame on the drums.

The Grand Finale was created by the Wollert brothers Garren and Brasen whereby all the performers from the night came back onto the stage to perform “The Greatest Show!”

The 2024 CLCEC Talent Show served as a lovely evening of entertainment for all who attended. But even more than that, an event like this gives many children an artistic and expressive outlet and the opportunity to perform their varied talents in front of an appreciative and encouraging audience.

Gooden put it best, “I am looking forward to the next time individuals gather to show off hobbies, promote the performing arts, and culture in SE Colorado.”

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