Singers Rule the Evening During 'Menifee's Got Talent' Contest

Top performers in "Menifee's Got Talent" were (from left) Anchana Sangar (third place...

Top performers in "Menifee's Got Talent" were (from left) Anchana Sangar (third place), Chy'Anne Smock (second) and Nicole Farrell (first).
Artists and fans of all ages turned out for the third annual "Menifee’s Got Talent" showcase, sponsored by Arts Council Menifee Saturday at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center.

Packed into the center’s multi-purpose meeting room, patrons and supporters were treated to just over two hours of singing, dancing and instrumental numbers. Ranging in age from 11 years old to 50+, contestants represented a full spectrum of experience.

Edie Schmoll, a longtime piano teacher, stunned the audience when she performed “Waterfront Jazz” blindfolded! Later in the program, Sabrina Lee, one of Schmoll’s students, performed “The Entertainer” and “The Maiden’s Prayer” – though she kept both eyes firmly focused on her music sheet.

In a last-minute program change, high schoolers Kimberly Beth and Adam Charron performed “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran, followed by an original song titled “No Love In Your Eyes.” The second entry, which highlighted Beth’s haunting vocal style and Charron’s crisp acoustic guitar sound, was the only original content entered into this year’s event.

Indeed, cover songs ruled the evening: Nicole Farrell, a familiar face among Menifee’s non-profit and business organizations, gave a charming turn of the French classic “La Vie en Rose&