By William Vann
The 2016 all-grade talent show has come and gone. It saw much of the same genres of acts as the past, but several new talents arrived as well.
This year’s show, which was held on April 15, featured stand-up comedy for the first time and finished with the return of the popular Lee Brothers band. It also opened up with an abstract music piece by Colin Yeo.
Seniors Ryan Chen and April McCarver and juniors Zoe Drewery and Marianna Scott returned as the MCs. Since there was not an alcohol awareness assembly this year, the MCs performed a small skit reminding the Junior Class to stay safe on prom night.
As with most of the past several years’ talent shows, musical acts, dance in particular, dominated the playbill.
There were several singing acts as well. Elma Ahmetspahic, a junior, sang Adele’s rendition of “Always Love You.” Sophomores Matthew Marbella and Tiffany Vo performed the song “Rude” in a duet, and Lily Walovich, also a sophomore, sang Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.”
Brandon Delosreyes-Mills, a junior and first-timer in the talent shows, sang “Show You” by Shawn Mendes and played the acoustic guitar.
Several different dance groups showcased their talent this year, constituting nearly a third of all the acts. Makenzie Kan, sophomore, danced to “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe. Sophomore Jalen Chan and the Monsters Dance Group danced to mashups of songs.
“We went to practice every day of that week,” said junior Dustin Garner. “It was pretty stressful.”
Many of the performances struggled to display a show of uniqueness, which several dance acts did by adding contemporary moves in homage to pop culture.
The show closed with sophomores Spencer and Mack Lee, freshman Julian Sayen and junior Elias Beser playing “When You Were Young” by “The Killers.” The Lee brothers played guitar, while Saiyan and Beser played bass and the drums.