MOUNT VERNON — The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival is in full swing, and is a marvelous showcase for talented performers of all ages. Thursday’s entertainment started off with the Mount Vernon Players Youth Showcase, highlighting gifted vocalists and performers 18 years of age and younger. Different youths will perform in the showcase today and Saturday, including a middle school boys band called New Rebellion.
The Mount Vernon Players have sponsored the Youth Showcase for a number of years “It’s like a mini-talent show to give young people the chance and opportunity to perform,” Susan Kahrl said. “It’s just a great opportunity to see a variety of talent. The neat thing about this is that often the kids who perform here go on to doing their own full-length programs. The showcase is sort of a feeder into bigger things for these kids.”
Jordan Shremshock is one of those performers. She performed at Thursday’s showcase, and also staged her own show later in the afternoon. Other students, such as Dustin Miller, BreAyne Groom and dance group TaVaci, also have their own programs, as do showcase alumni such as the Ohesians, who play contemporary music.