'Late-Night' Showcases Members' Talents
The creative talents of United Methodist Women members whereon full display for late-night fun "Assembly's Got Talent!" an after-hours talent show modeled after the America Idol TV show.
Participants could sign up for the talent show prior to Assembly, explained Marva D. Usher-Kerr, Women's Division's executive secretary for membership who organized the Assembly evening events.
For two nights, Assembly participants shared their talents before a cheering audience and a panel of judges. On Friday night, the judging panel voted on the talent show winners, and the next night the audience selected the winner.
Acts ranged from solo performers and dancers to singers and groups performing skits and musical selections. Comedic acts were interspersed between performances.
The Saturday night winner of "Assembly's Got Talent" was singer Joan Campbell of Warner's Chapel United Methodist Church in Boonville, Ky. Ms. Campbell testified about her life growing up in the Appalachian region and passionately sang Loretta Lynn's country hit, "Coal Miner's Daughter."
"I love to sing and sing for my Lord every time I get an opportunity," Ms. Campbell said after receiving the loudest applauds from the audience. "The song is about faith, hope and love."
The evening entertainment continued as Assembly participants sang karaoke and belted their hearts out on Stage One in the Assembly Experience Hall.
Kelyn King, 16, of Boulder, Mont., and her sister, Molly,14, sang popular tunes on the karaoke stage. "I like singing and have been singing in church talent shows for a while," Kelyn said. "This time is the first time that I didn't get stage fright. I know what works and conquered my fear."
Kelyn and her sister have grown up going with their mom to the children's study at the School of Christian Mission.
Throughout the day, Assembly participants had an opportunity to learn several different forms of dance including square dance, line dance and salsa dance.
Shanta Bryant Gyan is a communications specialist New York City and a frequent contributor to Response.