Trousdale School is designed for high-functioning adults, 22 years of age or older, with intellectual disabilities to continue their education after high school.
Music director Marilyn Sherlin said this year’s musical “Trousdale’s Got Talent draws inspiration from the musicals ‘Sister Act’ and the Blue Man Crew.’The students had an opportunity to see the musical and a Blue Man Crew performance last year.
“Even though we are doing it as a show ‘America’s Got Talent,’ we wanted to throw those two in there because whenever they’ve seen something, they want to do that,” Sherlin said.
The show will also see a return of Trousdale’s Blues Brothers.
All of the students, except for two, are participating in the performance.
“It literally puts me in tears just about every year,” Clark said. “They are so excited to show other people what they can do.”
Work begins in January to create a musical that will highlight students’ abilities.
“Marilyn has kind of built a team this year ... and as a group they have designed something based off some of the shows that we have seen this year,” Trousdale executive director Shannon Clark said. “They’ve been able to pull different talents and to use different skill sets from different people to create something that is enjoyable for the audience and highlights the talents of our students.”
This year the school has arranged for some organizations in the community to watch the students perform to give them a feel for being in front of an audience. Coordinating around students work schedule made scheduling practices challenging.
Clark said seeing the students’ excitement the night of the show is her favorite part.
The shows start at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets for the show are $10 and $25 for premium seating and can be purchased by calling the school at 479-7130.