Spring Lake Park High School shows off its talent

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.

Jasmine Richardson sings “Almost is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande during the 17th annual Spring Lake Park High School Talent Show Feb. 15.Photo by Olivia Koester Tyreese Jackson recites Diego Leon Monsquera’s poem “Gun.” The vast majority of acts in Saturday’s show were musical ones, but there were performers who showcased poetry, comedy and dance talents.Photo by Olivia Koester Justin Tran performed “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood for an audience of approximately 200.Photo by Olivia Koester Groupies rushed toward the stage to support band NSN as they performed a rock and roll medley that included music from Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Joan Jett and more – a real crowd pleaser.Photo by Olivia Koester Performing a duet, James Pi and Rebecca Nelson took to the stage in the second half of the show. The duo sang “Whisper” by Jeremy and Julienne.Photo by Olivia Koester Chariell Keten belted out the radio hit “Stay” by Rihanna during Saturday’s show.Photo by Olivia Koester Jackie Olson sang “My Immortal” by Evanescence near the end of the show.Photo by Olivia Koester
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Tyreese Jackson recites Diego Leon Monsquera’s poem “Gun.” The vast majority of acts in Saturday’s show were musical ones, but there were performers who showcased poetry, comedy and dance talents.Photo by Olivia Koester

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