More than 50 students participated in the 17th annual Spring Lake Park Talent Show Feb. 15, put on by the Spring Lake Park High School choirs.
Approximately 200 packed the Fine Arts Center to see the students show off their skills.
The vast majority of the acts were musical – instrumental and vocal solos, duets and ensembles.
Students performed everything from original songs to Broadway show-stoppers to Top 40 hits and everything in between.
Non-musical acts included Tyreese Jackson’s recitation of the poem “Gun” by Diego Leon Monsquera; a skit performed by Quynh Dao, Chue Yang, Molleysa Yang and Nouchee Yang; and a dance by Tracy Brill and Chanteya Warren to Morning Musume’s “No One Can Replace You.”
A Valentine’s weekend performance saw a little romance make its way into the show when Derek Hartman asked his girlfriend of one year to prom from the stage.
All high school and learning alternative program students had the opportunity to audition for the show several weeks ago.
Choir director Jeff Wressell allowed 25 acts in the program. “We’re looking for quality,” he said.
Participating in the talent show hones students’ performing skills, but it does more than that. “It builds confidence and self-assurance” for the whole person, not just the performer, Wressell said.
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