by Lisa Tome
When organizers at Calvert Elementary decided to host the school's first ever talent show, they tapped into a treasure trove of unrevealed ability.
School counselor Diane Little coordinated the show. Little said she saw so many things she hadn't seen before. "Once they get up there and show what they can do it builds self esteem, self pride and self worth," said Little.
In all, 20 students in grades two through five, signed on for three weeks of preparing and rehearsal. That was followed by Friday night's really big show.
The show was free to attend, but donations were accepted for the school's PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) program. Programs such as the Friday B.U.C.K. raffles, Green Zone celebrations, Marshmallow Feet, B.U.C.K. on the Bus, and the Chuck Wagon Contest, provide rewards for students for doing the right things.
"We wanted to showcase our Calvert kids, raise money for PBIS, and provide a community event in the evening," said Little.
Teacher Jennifer Asbury served as the emcee for the event. She provided a brief bio and career aspirations for each of the performers before they took to the stage.
Kyle McFadden is a new music teacher at the school. He provided support to students with singing and piano. "I really like working with the kids and accompanying them on the piano. I really enjoy the kids and it's cool to see them outside of the band show," said McFadden, who also said it was a helpful recruiting tool for band.
Sisters Alice and Evie Duvall teamed up for a comedy skit about a dog trainer. Robert Stevenson performed a comedy act. Genevieve Lagano, Cole Lagano, Olivia Lundy and Marissa Holmes teamed up to perform an original skit about leprechaun chasing. Chase Spengler told jokes. Bella Young performed jump rope tricks.
Gage Brewer, Kayleigh Alexander, April June, Celia Weston, and Ella Shortall performed a skit about friendship. Brewer, a fourth grader, said he liked performing a funny skit with his friends. Isabella Fiordimondo played the piano accompanied by singer Stella Price. Jacob Heaton performed card and magic tricks. Natalie Boone tap danced. Taylor Bowles performed a mixed martial arts routine.
Emmalee Pruett, Isabelle Cornwell, and Caroline Stearn teamed up and performed as dancing grannies. Max Bocklae played the piano. Kyley Kenney, Sarah Kilby, and Audrey Kennedy performed an original song and dance routine.
Anthony Prattico told jokes. Amelia Koehler sang a song originally performed by The Beatles. Hanna Ellsworth played the piano. Anthony Carletti did stand up comedy. Myra Holmes played a flute solo.
Emily Hornberger played a seashore piece on piano. Sarah Voight performed to Taylor Swift's song Mean.
Voight said she was nervous performing. But she said the great reception and applause from her fellow students gave her confidence.
Little said the show was so well received that she hopes to make it annual.