Our mountain culture fosters the creativity of local musicians, singers, visual artists and writers. Engendering a love of the arts among our youth is a goal shared by schools, nonprofits and local businesses. With decreased funding for school-based art, music and theater programs, it is especially important to support community-based efforts to cultivate the talents of our young artists. Why not take in a performance or exhibit to show your appreciation for the up-and-coming creatives among us?

Young Performers Invited to Register for “Got Talent” Competitions

With a mission to showcase and nurture talented young people of the mountain communities, organizers of the “Got Talent” events in Evergreen and Conifer are encouraging musicians, bands and singers 18 and younger to register for the annual competitions. Evergreen’s Got Talent, in its 10th year, will take place on April 13 from 6-9 pm at Evergreen High School. Conifer’s Got Talent is slated for April 19 from 6-9 pm at Conifer High School. The registration deadline for both events is March 15.

The top two acts from each “Got Talent” competition will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges. Winners will have the opportunity to be the opening act for a 2024 Evergreen Park & Recreation District summer concert, either at Evergreen Lake or Buchanan Field. Playing on a professional stage in front of a large audience is designed to give the young artists valuable performance experience.

The “Got Talent” shows are free to participating students and audience members, thanks to the generosity of several sponsors, including Evergreen and Conifer High Schools, Michele Vanags State Farm Insurance, Evergreen Clothing & Mercantile, CCM Recording Studios, and Thrivent. The Evergreen Park & Recreation District and the Evergreen Creative District are presenters.

Go to bit.ly/49A3GQp by March 15 to register for an audition. Questions may be emailed to [email protected] or [email protected].

High School Students to Present “The Addams Family – a New Musical”

The talented performing arts students from Evergreen and Conifer High Schools will entertain audiences with their interpretation of “The Addams Family – a New Musical.” Seventy-five students will comprise the cast, crew and orchestra.

The production’s storyline focuses on daughter Wednesday at the age of 18 who falls in love with Lucas, a very “un-Addams” young man from a respectable Ohio family. When she invites Lucas and his family to the Addams house for dinner, the hilarity unfolds and secrets are disclosed.

The collaborative production is co-directed by Jessica Scott and Scott Ogle. This will be Ogle’s last show after having taught performing arts at both schools. The performances will be at Evergreen High School, 29300 Buffalo Park Road, Thursday, March 7 – Saturday March 9 at 7 pm with a special 2 pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students. Go to Evergreenhstheatre.ticketleap.com

Teen Art Exhibition to Feature 70 Original Works

The creativity of 13–18-year-olds from 23 area schools will be on display at Undefined, an exhibition hosted by Center for the Arts Evergreen through March 16. This year’s theme is designed to spur unique expressions of the young artists’ identity and reflect their passion for various art media. There will be 70 curated works hung in the CAE gallery and awards will be given for outstanding entries. Bruce Anderson Farmers Insurance Agency and Lynn Westfall, RE/MAX Alliance are sponsoring the show.

CAE is located at 31880 Rocky Village Drive. The Center is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information about the teen show and upcoming exhibits, classes and concerts, go to evergreenarts.org.