The talents of Cleburne ISD students will be among the activities highlighting Saturday’s Cleburne Chamber of Commerce Business Expo taking place at the Cleburne Conference Center.
A Student Showcase will be featured in the Conference Center Theater from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with group and individual performers from several CISD campuses on the schedule. Student chefs from the Cleburne High School Culinary Arts program will be hosting the concession in the Exhibit Hall serving breakfast burritos and box lunch items along with snacks and beverages.
“Wildcat Cheer,” from the CHS fall production of “High School Musical” will open the parade of performers as the 60-member cast takes the stage. Duets by Gabriella and Troy (Dani Murguia and Austin Price) and Sharpay and Ryan (Shifra Morales and Luis Perez-Alaya) will also be featured along with two additional numbers by the full cast.
“Rehearsals have just gone great,” theater arts teacher Keli Price said. “I think most of these kids were ten when High School Musical came out. They all watched the movie and the Disney channel and know the moves and the songs. The lines and the music have come easy for them, but this is the stage version, so there are some differences. We are very excited to give a little preview of what we will be presenting to our elementary students and community in November.”
Santa Fe Elementary music teacher Courtney Swaim will be directing students through several songs at 9:30 a.m. to be followed at 10 by cheers and a routine by the Santa Fe Cheerleaders.
It will be fun and games at 10:30 as fourth graders in Jennifer Glover’s class introduce the Gerard Grizzly Arcade. Following a presentation on their cardboard challenge from which their arcade games were created, those in the audience will be invited to come on stage and play the games themselves.
Third grade Gator Choir members from Adams Elementary will perform at 11, followed at 11:30 by a spirited close to the morning by members of the Smith and Wheat Middle School and Cleburne High School cheer squads.
The entertainment continues at 1 p.m. with the Marti Elementary Choir, under the direction of Julie Troutwine. The remainder of the afternoon will be highlighted by CISD students in solo performances, starting at 1:30 with CHS vocalist Reagan Walker. The senior is a member of the CHS choir and co-captain of the varsity cheerleaders. Walker played the lead role in the high school’s 2016 fall musical and is a youth worship team leader at Cleburne Bible Church.
Following her debut at last year’s talent showcase, Smith Middle School fiddler Bekah Brockett will be back for an encore performance. The eighth grader took up the fiddle at the age of eight, and continues to study with world fiddle champion Randy Elmore.
The showcase of talent will close on a strong note at 2:30 with Smith Middle School sixth grader Baylee Kelly. Kelly has developed her musical talents as a member of the Field Street Baptist Church Children’s Choir and has been a featured soloist. She will be accompanied on guitar by fellow church member Dr. Chris Jackson. Kelly will be bringing the special music at the upcoming meeting of the Cleburne Christian Business Club.
The 60-member cast of Cleburne High School’s fall production of “High School Musical” will be the opening act of the CISD showcase of student talent taking place Saturday in conjunction with the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Performers from several CISD campuses will be featured on stage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the theater of the Cleburne Conference Center.