Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Teens visiting the Mahoning Valley from Belfast, Northern Ireland, performed an airport skit during the Mahoning Valley Ulster Project’s annual talent show on July 20.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.American teens involved in the Mahoning Valley Ulster Project performed a line dance at the organization’s annual talent show on July 20.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.American teens and teens visiting the Mahoning Valley from Belfast, Northern Ireland, came together to perform a song during the Mahoning Valley Ulster Project’s annual talent show.
By ABBY SLANKER
The Mahoning Valley Ulster Project had its annual Chuck Moffett Talent Show at the Canfield Presbyterian Church on July 20.
Nineteen teens, including 11 Northern Ireland teens and eight American teens, showcased their various talents throughout the show.
Northern Ireland counselor Donal Stafford welcomed the audience to the event.
“Good evening and welcome to our annual talent show. The kids have had a lot of fun preparing their acts for you. They have practiced and perfected their acts,” Stafford said.
First up were the American teens who performed a line dance to “Cotton Eye Joe,” followed by an airport skit performed by the Irish teens. Next, the American teens performed a gymnastics routine.
The group of Irish teens followed with a dance to the “Cha, Cha Slide,” with the boys breaking out to lip sync to “Umbrella” and the girls breaking out to lip sync to “Thrift Shop.” The boys reappeared to perform a lip sync and dance to “Single Ladies,” with the girls countering with a lip sync routine to “Finesse.” The Irish teens then came together to lip sync “I Want it That Way.”
The American teens then took the stage to perform a doctor office skit. Next, the Irish teens performed a skit with half of them sitting behind the other half using their arms to perform tasks such as brushing hair, putting on make up, shaving and applying sun screen. The American teens returned to the stage to perform a duet from “Frozen.” The American teens performed a bonus act of lip syncing and dancing.
After a brief intermission, during which the teens and attendees enjoyed snacks, the Irish teens acted out a recap of the activities they had participated in since arriving in the United States.
For the grand finale of the show, the teens came together to sing “Friends” by Michael W. Smith.
As a special tribute to the teens, the counselors presented each of them with individual awards, such as Most Easy Going, Most Sassy, Biggest Flirt, Best Hair and Best Behaved.
“This is a great summer experience for all the teens. It is a chance for all of them to become active in their community,” said Rebecca Hartz, co-director Mahoning Valley Ulster Project.
Established in the Mahoning Valley in 1988, the Mahoning Valley Ulster Project is celebrating its 30th year of bringing teens from Belfast, Northern Ireland to spend the month of July with teens from the Mahoning Valley.
The intent of the Ulster Project is to break down the walls of intolerance and mistrust that exist in Northern Ireland.
It was created through the efforts of like-minded peace seekers who strive towards the ultimate goal of creating a community of peace through fostering tolerance, understanding and friendship. The Ulster Project focuses on changing the perception of Ireland’s youth by bringing them together in a strife-free atmosphere that emphasizes acceptance of all people, regardless of creed.