A talent show can be a great way to showcase your students, build their confidence, and bring your community together.
It’s a fun-filled event that appeals to elementary, middle, and high school students.
They all left their shows feeling exhilarated, not exhausted. Sara Mutal, a parent who teaches an after-school drama program at Arrowhead Elementary in Kenmore, Wash., worked with another parent to start an annual talent show five years ago.
She envisioned a showcase, not a contest—which meant no judges, no winners and losers, and no points awarded.
And she planned, starting with classroom visits to the 300-student school, several months before the show.
She tossed out ideas of the types of acts students could do, everything from playing the clarinet to singing a song to performing a dance routine.
When five groups of students wanted to do jump rope routines, Mutal knew that the audience wouldn’t want to sit through 15 minutes of jumping.
She helped the students coordinate a single act where they were all on stage at the same time, with students coming to the front of the stage to do their own thing before retreating back to the group.
The next year, with the group’s finances looking bleak, Morgavi pitched the idea again as a fundraiser.
She noted a nearby school’s success in holding a talent show as part of a huge fundraiser. ” to inspire excitement before the big announcement.