By Madeleine Ahlborn | firstname.lastname@example.org
ALAMOSA Elementary’s annual school talent show on Wednesday was a joyous occasion.
This is the first in-person show since the outbreak of COVID-19, and there was a lot of enthusiasm in the school gym during the two-hourshow. There was singing and dancing, piano playing and cheerleaders, gymnastics and magic tricks – even a demonstration of wrestling and karate. Handfuls of unexpected artists!
Music teacher Jenna Eaton said there were three weeks of tryouts, where more than 60 students came to strut their stuff. Unfortunately only 24 performances were able to hit the stage. Some students decided to join as teams to share the spotlight. There were such great vibes circulating throughout the school, on and off stage.
Among all the great performances there were also fantastic emcees who introduced performers and had some amazing jokes to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. They also acted as stage crew, moving mats and other equipment as needed for the show. There was a DJ who nailed the timing of music and transitions between acts. Eaton shared with me that this show was student-led: the kids did the planning and set list line up. What a testament of youth initiative.
One of my favorite parts of the entire show – though all the performances left me speechless – was the surprise of the afternoon when the teachers came out on stage dancing and singing to “That’s My Name” by Bow Wow ft. Snoop dogg. The students went absolutely bonkers! Cheering/screaming, clapping their hands to the beat and singing along just as if they were at a stadium concert. The teachers in our Alamosa school system bring so much positivity and really know how to light up a day for the students.
There were no awards or prizes. The show was just a way to bring everyone together and support each other in their talents. What a success it was! The students had a bouquet of flowers and a few kind words presented to Eaton at the end of the show when all participating students were on stage to take a bow.
View some of the great performances below. It’s a compilation of the afternoon with a short interview with Jenna Eaton at the conclusion of the day.
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