Thursday, March 27, 2014
Between learning what various third world countries are currently calling themselves, debilitating bouts of senioritis, and trying to keep track of who their classmates are dating, the students at Waccamaw High managed to put together a talent show for a packed and very supportive audience to highlight some of the things they would normally get in trouble for doing in class.
Sponsored by the WHS Choral Boosters and directed by Sylvia Warr, the lineup consisted of mostly singing acts, but also included a video entry, dancing, comedy, and a girl who plays the piano with no shoes.
Luckily, though, there was no ventriloquism.
“I was amazed at the number of different areas of talent from the kids, not just the singing and dancing you’d normally expect,” said Kevin Jayroe, the event’s emcee. “And there were also original pieces from some of the kids that were just fantastic”
Jayroe, who himself has more than 20 years of entertainment experience, brought his perpetual enthusiasm to keep things smooth and lively between acts.
The musical acts were: Courtney Beebe; Ariana Senn; Joshua Stafford; Jasmine Stafford; Alan Pritchard, along with Margaret Stacy, Sylvia Warr, and Sydney Windham on backup and Tyler Elling on trumpet; Sarah Hawkinson and Jeremy Lee; Sydney Windham; Sarah Ness and Will Ness; Trey Hart; The Brothers Will (Bryson Grove, Gabe Kohler, and frontman Will Ness); Richard Rasheed; Ian Sovine; Jack McDonald and Patrick Walsh; Ma’Laysha Nesmith and Darmonica Brown; Valerie Hawkins; Margaret Stacy; Stephanie Cook; and Ashlyn DeLoach accompanied by the shoeless Alexa Bombich.
Other performances were: a video presentation edited by Ian T. Kelley; dances from Stella de Haas, Nahjee Funnie and Emerson Joyner; and stand-up comedy Eric Silvestri.
Stars shone, ovations were made, door prizes were given away, and a good time was had by all.
“It was a fun evening,” said Jayroe, “it was very well attended, the kids were great, they were kind and nice and excited about the whole thing, and I just thought it was a great event for the school.”