By Ally Morrison
Students and faculty of Unless U are excited to host the second annual Unless U Got Talent May 14 at the Lyric Theatre.
Students of Unless U are partnered with volunteers who are passionate about serving the community and helping the students of Unless U shine. Together, they will compete for the title of Unless U Got Talent Champions.
“Our students partner with locals that share the same talent as them, and a lot of them already have established relationships,” Marketing Director Marye Grace Sauermann said. “We have one student who will be doing a live painting with a local artist, and they have been painting together for years.”
According to Sauermann, the competition was born from an idea to showcase the talents of students enrolled at Unless U. It was designed as a fun way to get the community involved and raise money and awareness of the operation that serves adults with disabilities.
Some of the acts scheduled to perform include a band performance, a marionette show, a baton-twirling routine and a Disney sing-along.
“There has been so much anticipation for this show,” Sauermann said. “Because we had to postpone it due to COVID, our students have been working extra hard and have had two years of practice. We have gained so many new students and new talents, and we’re so excited for the show.”
The emcee of the show will be the Lochamy Brothers from Birmingham Mountain Radio, and the judging panel will feature author and founder of the nonprofit Hope Heals, Katherine Wolf; Pine Cove Camps Chief Growth Officer Zack Aspegren; podcast host Allie Woodside; and former pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Danny Wood.