Weekend talent show to highlight dozens of young entertainers

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ST. CROIX - Homegrown talent will be on display this weekend as two community organizations come together to put on the "Young, Gifted and Talented Showcase."

The old-time talent show is being hosted by the Mon Bijou Homeowners Association and Teens About Peace Entertainment and starts at 3 p.m. Sunday in the John H. Woodson Junior High School auditorium.

The show will feature dozens of young people from throughout the community presenting a number of art forms to educate and entertain the crowd.

Natalie Moorehead, the homeowners association treasurer, said the organizers hope to mirror similar talent shows that took place in the community during the 1980s.

"We want this to be that old-time hearty talent show similar to what Doc James used to do," she said.

Moorehead said talent shows that were organized by the late Randall "Doc" James were dynamic showcase events that displayed a great cross-section of the community and gave the youth much-needed publicity and exposure that encouraged them to further develop their talents and skills.

She said the young people will be singing, dancing, modeling and presenting poetry and that it will be captivating.

She said residents should come out to the event early because local reggae sensation Mada Nile is expected to open the show with a performance. Other entertainers scheduled to perform include Little Smith, Temisha Libert, Unique, K-Factor, Sherise King and Bugsy.

"This will be a family affair that everyone will be able to come out to and enjoy," Moorehead said. "It will be good clean fun for everyone and may help some of the youth find their strengths."

During the event, the Teens About Peace will debut its T-shirts, which were designed by some of the graphic design students, Moorehead said. The sales will promote the program and send a message of non-violence and also will be a fundraiser for the organization to help them purchase computers and software for the students enrolled in its enrichment classes.

"The shirts are really nice and cost only $12," Moorehead said. "They send a great message of 'Stop the Crime, Let the V.I. Shine,' which is certainly the message that needs to be loud and clear across our community."

The group also will raise funds through sales of refreshments and raffle and door prizes throughout the night.

Moorehead said the event is an outlet to showcase talent and not a competition, so there is less pressure and the youth can have fun and express their talents.

"We have so many young, gifted and talented youth who just need some encouragement to broaden their dreams," she said.

Entrance to the show is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, visit www.monbijouyouthcenter.org.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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