Mount Airy Public Library’s summer reading program officially started on the first day of summer with a talent competition that showcased the abilities of musicians, singers, dancers, mimes and a martial artist.
The wide variety of acts were unified by music, the theme of 2018’s summer reading program. Structured like a television music competition, such as “The Voice” or “America’s got Talent,” Thursday’s competition round was preceded by auditions the previous week.
Eight acts came back to perform on Thursday, and after library assistant Angela Llewellyn welcomed the kids to summer and plied them with juice and string cheese, the show began.
Brody York, age 11, played the guitar and sang. Kori Hawks danced an interpretive dance. Mallie York, age 7, played the fiddle, with her brother Brody providing accompaniment. Laura Livengood, age 12, demonstrated a form of karate set to music. Alma Parsons and Payton Barrett, performing as “Yin and Yang,” performed a mime sketch depicting an unpleasant road trip. Luca Livengood played “Maple Leaf Rag” on the piano. He then played it with the wrong hands and for a grand finale, played it blindfolded. Hope Lichvar, age 12, sang a Taylor Swift song “Love Story” wearing a Juliet costume to go along with the song’s lyrics and original music video. Yuridia Cabera, age 10, performed a modern dance.
After all of the performances, the audience served as judges with the loudest applause selecting the winner. When all was said and done, it was impossible to tell if Mallie York or Yin and Yang was the winner.
Llewellyn, in her capacity as emcee, declared a tie, and both acts will return next Thursday at 1 p.m. to perform a full performance of three pieces each.
“I applaud them all,” said Llewellyn after the show. “I could never have got up in front of a crowd like that when I was their age.”
The weekly events are designed to drum up enthusiasm for the library’s summer reading program which had 325 participants signed up before Thursday’s show began.
“I’m sure there are more by now,” said Llewellyn after the show. “The kids are reading, and some are already turned in completed pages of their reading logs.”
Mount Airy Public Library is at 145 Rockford St. Summer reading program events are on Thursdays through July 26, at 1 p.m. each week Young Actors Drama Camp is Monday through Friday, July 30 – Aug. 3 for students 7-19 years old. Call 336-789-5108 for more information.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.