Midwest City —
Cara’s Kids have been invited to perform this summer in Branson, Mo., as a result of a musical act that was impressive enough to beat out 799 other acts during last week’s Talent on Parade competition at Rose State College.
A talented group of dancers from Cara’s Kids, attired in flapper dresses, accompanied by a funny little man with a Hitler mustache, overwhelmed the other acts, including 49 acts entered from Cara Crawford’s Central Oklahoma Dance Center, located at 106 E. Main.
In all, 37 different dance studios from Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas performed. But as congested as the talent traffic was, in the end a 12-year-old Ada resident, Jett Black, virtually became the 21st century version of the legendary Charlie Chaplin.
The real Charlie Chaplin (who, incidentally, co-wrote the 1930s hit song Smile) would be 124 years old by now had he not died on Christmas Day 36 years ago and 24 years before his current Ada replacement — Black — was born.
"He’s our little boy,” said Crawford, a 26-year instructor at her studio. “The act begins when he opens the door for a date. The girl comes through the door, then a second girl and a third girl. Like all Charlie Chaplin routines of so long ago, he is quickly up to his famous black hat with problems that require his constant creativity for survival.
Jett must have given the screen legend of silent and talking movies a run for his money. The 10 other 12- and 13-year olds were impressive as well.
They included Kate Notter, Madison Yates, Carli Manwell, Kaitlin Blankenship, Whitni Simpson, Maddie Bacon, Chandler Crawford, Nicole Lowry, Emily Bagwell and McKinlee Stafford.
“It was a neat thing,” Crawford said. “They (judges) were impressed, and he (Jett) was a perfect Charlie Chaplin.”
Not by accident, either.
“We’ve been working on it since last December,” Crawford said.