LIMA — It was a night of song and dance as 14 acts took the stage at the Bradfield Community Center in the first-ever Lima Youth Talent Show.
The ages ranged from 10 to 18. Six of the acts were in the senior division, with eight in the junior division.
Victoria Phillips, 12, who attends Liberty Arts Magnet School in Lima, sang “Fall in Line” by Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato.
Her powerful voice wowed the judges. She says her mother is very active in music and some of that must have rubbed off on her.
“She taught me everything I know. I also grew up in a family where they played a lot of music in the house so I got a lot of my voice and kind of tried to make it sound like other artists that I listen to,” she said.
Phillips says she’s thankful for the opportunity to showcase her talents.
“I’m really lucky because a lot of kids, they have voices and they have talent, but they don’t get to show it, and so the fact I live in a community where they can hold events like this and I can go and I can show everybody what I love to do, it’s amazing,” she said.
Clarence Zanders organized and hosted the talent show.
“I wanted the kids to be able to express themselves through their gifts and talents. We have singing. We have dancing. We have poetry. We have steppers, so any way they can express themselves through their talent, that was just the whole deal about it,” Zanders said.
Zanders tries to help the young participants with suggestions on how to improve.
“It feels good just to be able to give them some constructive criticism to bring out what’s in them and let them know they can go even further. I mentor some of them. We’ve done a couple of practices and run-throughs just to see. They’ve even gotten better from the first time and just being more confident in who they are, I think that’s what excites me the most about it,” he said.
Zanders, who is active in community theater, is hoping to do more shows like this.
“I’m hoping to do more events like this in the community, that we can do more positive things and kids [can] have an outlet so they’re able to express themselves in some type of way,” he said.
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