The third annual Oxford’s Got Talent showcase will be held at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on Monday, March 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by the University of Mississippi Panhellenic Council, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, and Oxford Park Commission was created to encourage everyone to take the stage and share their talents. The talent contest has featured singers and musicians but has also uncovered hidden talents such as hula dancers and an all-male dance squad that choreographed its own routine.
“The Oxford Park Commission and the Arts Council founded the event to demonstrate how a healthy life covers all types of interests from sports to the arts,” says Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. “There are health benefits to dancing, but being part of a show such as this requires dedication, teamwork, and good sportsmanship—the same skills that sports teach.” Andrews says the event was successful its first two years, with crowds filling the Powerhouse to cheer for their friends, neighbors, and those undiscovered performers.
The University of Mississippi Panhellenic Council became a partner in the event last year. Through the Pan Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities sponsored students to perform in the talent show, served as emcees and volunteers, and raised funds for the local charity by selling soft drinks and snack during the event. The event is free, but donations will be collected again this year to support Leap Frog and the Arts Council.