Following a week filled with explorers, babies and cartoon characters, second semester Spirit Week came to end with a bustling festival on Friday, March 28. Among all the booths and festivities waited nine acts, anxiously anticipating their performances in the second annual school talent show.
For the next hour and a half, audience members were entertained by a large variety of acts. From the belting notes of Susan Wang, to Matthew Major’s flawless violin runs, there was a little of everything, enough to keep the audience on the edges of their seats, eager for the next performance.
“All the acts were really good,” said sophomore Melissa Posada. “I especially liked AJ Prasad’s cover of Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Got You.’”
Prior to the show, performers had auditioned for their spot on the set list. From about 30 tryouts, a Leadership committee narrowed down the number of acts to the final performing groups.
“We held auditions in the choir room, where students performed for the committee,” explained sophomore class president Jessica Yin. “Then, after auditions, we discussed the acts and selected the performers that would put on the best and most diverse range of acts.”
For some, this show offered a chance to get on stage for the first time and have the experience of performing in front of an audience. As vice president of Urbanize, Tim Hooker has had the opportunity to dance at multiple events, but saw the show as an enriching experience for the club’s underclassmen.
“I do a lot of big time performances, and I thought I should do something for the school,” Hooker said. “I came to represent the club, and give the lower members of the club their performance, their time to shine.”
When the show came to a close, the judges were faced with a difficult decision: choosing the winner. With all of the outstanding performances, it was challenging to pick a single “superior” act.
“I was really impressed by everyone,” said judge Haley Pryde. “I really liked the variety. There were a lot of surprising acts that just stole the scene.”
In the end, singer AJ Prasad came out victorious, with violinist Matthew Major taking second place and band Simple Effect placing third.