Talent on display


Indiana High School Talent Showcase brings young talent to the Palladium

Ann and Mark Mozina, Hagia Sophia Classical Academy

This Saturday, young musical and artistic talent from all across Indiana will be performing as part of the 2012 Indiana High School Talent Showcase. More than 20 acts will be participating in the three-hour show at the Palladium in Carmel to benefit March of Dimes.


“The audience will be able to see talent that is just as good as – or better – than any other talent on display at the Palladium,” said local Farmers Insurance District Manager Todd Eschmann, who helped coordinate the showcase.

Farmers Insurance is one of the single largest corporate donors to March of Dimes each year. As such, Eschmann has been responsible for organizing fundraising events for the past several years.

“Every year,we coordinate a fundraiser of some kind. Normally, it is a bowling night, a cookbook or coupon cards,” said Eschmann. “When you work in fundraising activities, it can seem like a chore. This year, we wanted to do something so over the top and lavish that everyone involved would be excited, and it would be fun to put together and see.”

Eschmann and others have done just that. Twenty different acts, ranging from opera to rock to ballet, are set to perform with up to 10 more still waiting confirmation (as of press time). Theevent, organized on a grassroots basis, is the first of its kind at the Palladium, a venue normally reserved for musical legends and other national acts.

Kelsey McCarty, Pendleton Heights High School

“This is the first community event like this held at the Palladium,” said Eschmann. “We hope this will expand the Palladium’s base with what it can do and will do in the future. It is very important the community supports it (the event) as such.”

Some of the acts to perform include Ann and Mark Mozina (a Jewish folk group), Halley Rose Meslin (ballet) and Kelsey McCarty, who Eschmann described as “the next Taylor Swift.”

One of the event’s most unique aspects is the very affordable ticket prices. Tickets are $20 for a general seat and $15 for students.

“This is the first time you have really had a low-price ticket at the Palladium. We would like to encourage everyone to come to the show and tell all their friends,” said Eschmann.

With so much young, local talent on display, low ticket prices and all of the proceeds from the event going directly to March of Dimes, this is an event that proves to be a meaningful experience for all involved.

“Most of the people I know from Carmel have never been to the Palladium. Here’s their chance,” said Eschmann.“I see (the showcase) as being an event that brings people together for a good cause.”

  • WHAT: 2012 Indiana High School Talent Showcase
  • WHEN: Saturday – 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel
  • COST: $20 general, $15 student
  • INFO: Call 843-3800 or visit thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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