Clay County's Got Talent is Set

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Some of the performers to be featured at Saturday night's Clay County's Got Talent event at the Piggott Community Center include, from left: Megan Johnson of Piggott, Gail Dollings of Pollard and Kenneth Renshaw of Piggott.

Does Clay County have talent? The public is invited to come out to the Piggott Community Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and find out for themselves. Clay County Arts Council, Inc. is sponsoring a showcase of Clay County talent which will include piano, guitar, voice and dance numbers. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the entertainment.

Miss Clay County, Sydney Simmons, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the show. Sydney, daughter of Stephen and Jamie Simmons of Rector is currently a senior at Rector High School and a member of the CCAC.

The lineup for the evening includes the incomparable Larry Norred and Cathy Norred from Piggott. Also performing will be the first place winners of the Clay County Fair music competition, Megan Johnson in the junior division and Gail Dollings in the adult division, along with pianist, Kenneth Renshaw.

Performers from Rector include Haven Cagle, Miss Northeast Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2012, Harmony Cagle, Lindsey Ford and Sophie Simmons.

Larry Norred is an accomplished keyboardist, composer and arranger, while Cathy Norred is a well known vocalist. Larry will also act as sound technician for the event.

Kenneth Renshaw who currently teaches piano, studied under the incomparable Dr. J.D. Kelly at ASU. Kenneth is a superb pianist and frequently entertains audiences with his beautiful piano music.

Megan Johnson plays the guitar and sings, sometimes accompanied by her father, Ronald Johnson on the bass guitar. Megan is preparing for competition in the Kenny Rogers Children's Center telethon talent show in Sikeston, Mo. She won the Clay County Fair competition singing "Turning Tables" by Adele.

Gail Dollings, a resident of Pollard, sings gospel music. Her winning number at the Clay County Fair was, "The Promise" by Martin.

Haven and Harmony Cagle are both accomplished dancers and choreographers and have performed in many productions of the Rector High School Drama Department. Haven is also member of the CCAC.

Lindsey Ford, also a member of CCAC and a senior at Rector High School, is a gifted vocalist and recently sang with Chad Garrett and Ken Wadley at the Rector Community Center.

Sophie Simmons is a dancer/ singer currently attending Rector School and a sister to Sidney Simmons.

Admission to "Clay County's Got Talent" is $7. The proceeds will go to the Clay County Arts Council. The CCAC supports the arts in Clay County in a variety of ways. They present annual tributes to deserving individuals and the annual Night of Chocolate in Rector, this past year presenting its first dinner theatre production.

The organization also sponsors an annual art competition for students throughout Clay County presenting cash prizes to the winners and cash grants to the art teachers who participate in the competition. They will be bringing Giant Puppets to Rector soon for the amazement of children and they host an annual fashion show for the entertainment of adults.

In addition, the group periodically offers classes in various venues including crafts and dance instruction. Several scholarships are offered annually to students in Clay County schools who are continuing to study the arts.

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