The Mountain Home School Charter talent show has always been a wonderful opportunity not only for students to share their budding talent, but for seasoned stars to play or perform before a live audience.
The 19th annual talent show will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at the Yosemite High School theater. Typically kindergarten through eighth grade students compete, but there have been those rare times when entire families and high school students have entered the show.
Talents include musicians, dancers, comics, singers, gymnasts, drama groups and poets. According to MHSC teacher Joanie Madaus, in the past, the most unusual talent was a singing, guitar-playing hillbilly family, who were "wonderful."
The show is free to the public, with no formal judging, and is more a talent showcasing to help students gain confidence while performing before a larger audience.
"Our school community loves to see what the students are doing in the arts," Madaus said. "Academics is just one fraction of the whole child and with the talent show, we get to see and hear another side of our amazing students. Also, the students enjoy sharing their talent and the excitement of being onstage at the YHS theater."
One student excited to perform onstage is eighth grader Dana Vind.
"She's just amazing," Madaus added. "She performs ballet, modern and lyrical dance. She started dance in Oakhurst, but has also danced in Fresno and is now doing some teaching herself."
John Romohr, a teacher at MHSC, has four children of his own in the program.
"It's an opportunity for my children to engage socially and connect with their peers," Romohr explained, "while having a great deal of fun."
Some of these talented students have been practicing for years some for just a few short weeks. Nevertheless, all are excited to have the opportunity to give the community a peek at their special talents.