Children from throughout Cayman showed singing, drama, dancing and acting talents at the annual Talent Exposition of the Arts.
The talent show, now in its 12th year, was held at the Harquail Theatre on Sunday, 30 June. It was hosted by the New Self Help Community Foundation.
Among the rising stars who wowed the audience at the exposition were Lebron McLean, Liana DaCosta, Jevaughnie Ebanks, Lloyd Barker, Jaryed Myles, Kayla Prendergast, Rashien Petrie, Tiffany Connolly and Zariah Anglin.
This year’s emcees were the New Self-Help Community Foundation’s Lee Ramoon and Catherine Tyson, host of the Lighten Up show, who kept the show running smoothly and with plenty of humour.
The New Self-Help Community Foundation, is a non-profit organisation which aims to help teenaged youth develop a sense of self-worth and community spirit.
Following the show, audience members let the organisers know what they thought of the night’s entertainment. Among them was Norma McField, director of Radio Cayman, who told the foundation: “I just want to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed all of the presentations at Sunday evening’s show. It was a fantastic concert and it was great to see so many diverse and talented young people on one stage. Thanks for putting on a great show.” Another audience member, Judy Watler, a VP at Cayman National, told organisers: “As an avid supporter of the arts and young talent generally, I would venture to say, this was one of the best shows. We have not only seen our gifted youngsters grow up on the stage, but they have now reached new heights.
“While loving the opportunity to showcase themselves locally, who knows what’s in store for them outside our region. Looking forward to seeing what they will bring to us next time around.” UCCI Professor Monika Lawrence described the talent exposition as a “splendid” way showcase performing arts in Cayman.
“JC Connor, the brain child of this yearly event, must be congratulated for his forward thinking, in knowing that for a nation to succeed, it must stimulate and cultivate the creative imagination of its people. The function was well attended, showing the national support and clearly highlights the necessity for explorations such as this in the Cayman Islands.”
She added: “The performers were challenged to present from their own innovative compositions and repertoire, while exploring the works of eminent writers such as Mr. Roy Bodden through his book of the Cayman Stories, to mimicking pop singers. The dances ranged from Afro-Caribbean styles, modern contemporary, Cayman Quadrille to Broadway musicals. Events like this must be encouraged and supported as young Caymanians vie for a space to express themselves in the world today.”
For more information about the Foundation, email [email protected]dw.ky.