Ukeladies from Monett take second in Branson

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Stephanie Schumacher, left, and sister Kaitlyn Schumacher hold the prize they won as second place finishers in the Branson Regional Arts Councilís second annual Talent Show, performing as the Ukeladies. Contributed photo

Group competes in Branson Regional Arts Council event

Monett sisters Kaitlyn and Stephanie Schumacher entered the Branson Regional Arts Council's second annual Talent Show on Nov. 22 and took home second place as the Ukeladies, the ukulele duo that had its first public performance at Monett's July 4 celebration.

The contest was held at the Historic Owen Theater. A total of 16 acts competed ranging in performance from vocal and instrumental music, dance and a performing rescue dog.

Kaitlyn, a 2010 MHS grad, and Stephanie, a 2013 MHS grad, both appeared in the 2016 Rebel's Bluff Troupe production of "Oklahoma." They performed the Abba song "Mama Mia" for the talent show. Stephanie is presently a junior at Drury University in Springfield. Kaitlyn teaches at Ozarks Technical College in Springfield.

"We were very excited, honored, and humbled to be awarded second place," Kaitlyn said. "Everyone who performed was exceptionally talented and did a wonderful job.† We love performing together and it was grateful for the opportunity to play at the Historic Owen Theater.

"The judges were professionals in the entertainment industry ó Jody Maderas, Kevin Davis and Delyla Aulgur Uebel. Master of Ceremonies Jim Barber is the director of Branson Regional Arts Council (BRAC). The event was a fundraiser for BRAC's education program."

The Ukeladies next perform at the Dining for Diabetes fundraiser on Jan. 25.