Bijou Awards showcase Knox County talent

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Students from across Knox County will show off their talents later this month in a special venue.

They're spending the next two weeks before the show practicing.

Since she was five or six years old, Katelyn Parker has been playing the piano and singing. She performs at church and sometimes goes to competitions.

"I really just enjoy getting to meet people through it and being able to share what God has given me through singing and worship and stuff like that so I'm really blessed," she said.

The home-schooled Powell resident is one of 19 finalists for the Bijou Awards. It will showcase students' talents in acting and singing.

"I am really, really looking forward to it. I actually got the opportunity to go with a couple of other girls and actually see the Bijou," she said. "It's really kind of surreal whenever you're in there. The acoustics and how old it is and it's really special so I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to be able to sing on the stage."

She will sing on stage at the Bijou April 18th along with the other finalists.

Meantime, she'll practice at home and for the next couple weeks will be focused on the Bijou Awards.

"I'm just getting comfortable with my song and I'm going to do my best," she said.

The song she will perform is inspired by the Bijou Theater itself.

"The Tennessee Waltz just is kind of the perfect song to be sung in the Bijou Theater just because both of them share the same history," she said.

Teenagers will experience the magic of the stage of the historic Bijou Theater and the audience is in for a treat too.

Two creative writing finalist will also perform.

The public is invited. Tickets are $12.

2013 Bijou Awards Finalists

Male Acting:

Connor Hess
Brian Hooyman
Dallas Marable
Paul Gary
Parker Jenkins

Female Acting:

Callie Stelter
Anna Smith
Samantha Arnold
Sienna Prater
Hannah Ewing

Female Singing:

Mary Kate Heagerty
Meghan Renee Mayes
Katelyn Parker
Maranda Evans
Allison Balsley

Male Singing:

Nathan Wolfenberger
Logan Cole
Robert Heck
Malik McKenzie
Paul Gary

Creative Writing:

Bridget Sellers
Kate Schumake

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