Eureka Springs students to perform in We’ve Got Talent on Sunday
The Eureka Springs High School
Choir is tuning up for the Carroll County
Music Group’s 7th Annual We’ve Got
Talent Concert on Sunday, March 4, at
the Eureka Springs City Auditorium.
The concert will feature a variety of
acts from Carroll County, including the
Berryville Intermediate Bobcat Honor
Choir, the Harris Ridge Family Band,
Ellen Stephenson, the Berryville High
School Band, Jenni Hatch, the Holiday
Island Singers, Elite Dance Studio,
Nick Rorick and, of course, the Eureka
Springs High School Choir.
The choir will be performing a medley
of songs from The Jackson 5. Senior
Ashlyn Lockhart said the medley
features the songs “I Want You Back”
and “ABC,” with a little choreography
thrown in. The choreography is a new
thing for the choir, junior Makenzie
“We don’t normally do a lot of choreography.
The most we do is lean and
snap,” Meyer said.
The choir has expanded over the past
few years, Lockhart said, which presents
new challenges for performances
“The learning style is definitely different
with a larger class,” Lockhart
said. “This is new for a lot of them, so
I’m really excited.”
Junior Nathan Skaarup and sophomore
Esmerelda Rebolledo are two
of those new choir members. Skaarup
said he’s looking forward to the performance,
saying he’s a huge Michael
“When I heard we were doing this, I
was extremely excited,” Skaarup said.
“It’s kind of a blast from the past.”
Choir director Rick Mann, who is organizing
the concert with wife Donesa
Mann, said the class chose the songs to
change things up a bit.
“They were just standing singing, and
they wanted to move,” he said. “That’s
why we’re doing it.”
The concert helps raise money for
young musicians in Carroll County. In
the past, it provided scholarships to music
camps for area youth. Its purpose has
broadened out this year, Mann said, to
support music programs throughout the
county. Mann said schools can apply for
the money to improve their programs.
He’d like to bring in a voice coach for
female singers, Mann said.
“It would be $300 or $400 for one
student for camp, which is still valuable,
but we could use that money for
all the students,” Mann said.
Lockhart said she benefited from music
camp scholarships in the past, saying
the experience showed her what she
can do musically. She plans to study
musical theater when she starts college,
“It’s really helpful, because you don’t
learn everything in a classroom setting,”
Lockhart said. “Music camps helped me
realize this is what I want to do.”
The best thing about the show, Lockhart
said, is the variety on stage.
“It’s really nice to feature local artists.
It’s people of all ages showcasing their
talent,” Lockhart said. “It really unites
us. You can be 70 and still do what you
love. I think that’s really cool.”
“It shows no matter where you come
from, everyone can have their shining
moment,” Meyer said.
Skaarup said his reason for performing
“I’m doing this for my cousin that recently
passed,” Skaarup said. “I know
he’s watching me from above, and for
me to do this … I think he would be really
The show will be entertaining, Mann
said, and he hopes to see a packed house.
“You’ll be exposed to a variety of
music styles and different instruments,
voices … just the whole gamut of music,”
Mann said. “It’s fun seeing all they
different groups from around Eureka.”
The event begins at 2:30 p.m. with a
pre-show, followed by the concert at 3
p.m. Tickets are available the day of the
concert and cost $10 for adults and $5