By Debbie Sayers Fullwood
Technology has been wonderful in keeping us connected during this time of isolation and in Southport the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have even produced an online talent show to share with their families and friends.
Esther Wall who created the idea, and produced the show, felt it was a vital way to keep in contact with other members during lockdown. Helping them keep engaged with one another and continue with their church activities all via the internet.
Esther, a primary school teacher said: “I felt this was particularly important for the children of the Church. Since they have not been able to see their friends or attend church I wanted to create an event where the parents and children were able to share videos and pictures of their many talents.
“Our children are all missing each other desperately. Some of them feel sad and even lonely due to being isolated from their peers.
“The Talent Show was a way of helping them see their friends and display their talents.”
Members of all ages submitted acts on video, these were then edited together and put online. The members, who normally meet at the Church on Preston New Road, then went online, at the same time, to watch and comment on the performances.
Esther said: “Acts ranged from a magic show to Shakespeare! We had a spoof music video, a rapper, gymnastic displays, singers, a pianist, a banjo player and some dancers were also featured.”
Esther’ four-year-old son Samson said: “I really loved taking part in the show. It was exciting, but the best bit was seeing all my friends on the computer.”
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