REVIEW: Sprangs Got Talent

Amid the hype of Homecoming Week, North Springs successfully entertained over one hundred audience members with the second annual “Sprangs Got Talent” variety show. On Wednesday, October 28th, over thirty North Springs students proved their versatility as they performed various musical acts and skits.

Tickets were pre-sold by Student Government members for $3 and sold at the door for $5. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the student government treasury and the “Sprangs Got Talent” prizes. The first place prize was $100, the second place prize was $50, and the third place prize was $25.

The judges for Sprangs Got Talent included Assistant Principal Kira Willis, Media Specialist Lory Cox, and Department Chair and Orchestra Teacher James Landreau. Each judge provided unique perspectives and comments for each of the nineteen acts. At the end of the night, the judges deliberated and chose winner and runners-up.

In Third place was Kinsey Farmer, who sang a rendition of Kristin Chenoweth’s  “The Girl in 14G”. Farmer’s impressive vocal range and dramatic stage presence certainly impressed the audience. However the most memorable part of her performance was the infusion of Opera vocals.

Musical maven James Landreau commented that, “‘the Girl in 14G’ is such a fun vocal selection that allows for not only great vocal control, but requires some equally great acting skills as the performer is portraying multiple characters in the piece.”

Overall, Landreau thought that, “[Kinsey] sang beautifully and was very entertaining.”

Willis agreed with Landreau’s review, and firmly declared that Farmer, “is a star.”

In Second place was Aushaleine Ragin, who performed an original song called “18+”. Her performance was dynamic; she sang her original lyrics, played the guitar, exuded a confident stage presence, and also managed to interact with the audience. Her lyrics were beautiful and poignant, and her vocal abilities were extremely impressive.

“I was impressed with her songwriting ability,” commented Cox, “[and] I thought her voice was remarkable– unique!” In addition to the musical prowess of the performance, Willis felt especially moved by the truth in Ragin’s lyrics and liked that she wrote about the world from the perspective of a teenager.

In First place was Moon Hamilton, who played the guitar and sang a cover of “Circle” by Slipknot. Sitting on a stool in the center of the stage, Hamilton performed the song with passion and grit. Her vocals were refined and flawless, and her guitar-playing was perfectly proficient. Denoted “polished” and “professional” by Cox, Hamilton’s performance was executed impeccably.

Landreau also enjoyed the performance, saying that, “Moon did an outstanding job. Combining vocals and solo guitar as a cover of a heavy metal selection was an amazing take and rendition of that piece! She was poised, confident, and performed effortlessly!”

Willis agreed that Hamilton’s performance was outstanding, and added that it was also “fun to watch [Moon] grow up from freshman year into a tall, confident young woman.”

Other acts included David Chernyak’s performance of “Wonderwall” by Oasis, Grace Motahari’s violin performance of “Phantom of the Opera”, Cameron Cotton’s performance of “The Way” by Ariana Grande, Londyn Maia’s performance of “FWU” by PartyNextDoor, Claire Cummiskey’s piano and singing performance of “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, Jayla Edmond’s performance of “Treat Me Like Somebody” by Flash Wilks, Hagan Hylick’s piano and singing performance of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, Nina Qin’s flute performance of “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso”, Sam Wilder’s performance of “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, Tyler Lovelace’s viola performance of “Vocalise”, and Brenda Mimba’s performance of “In the Arms of the Angels” by Sarah Mclachlen.

Additionally, the officers and representatives for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Class Councils competed against one another with “A Day in the Life” performances to win a three-foot tall trophy.

The Freshman Class Council performed a song about freshman life to the tune of Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets”. The Sophomore Class Council performed a comical skit about what goes through a student’s mind when taking an AP World History pop quiz in Mr. Benschine’s class. The Junior Class Council performed an original poem written by Junior Class President Rachael Stowell that outlined the junior experience. To close the show, the Senior Class Council performed a comedic skit that highlighted the consequences of senioritis and ended with an unexpected dance sequence.

After deliberating, the judges chose the Senior Class Council as the winners of the Class Council Sprangs Got Talent Competition and the recipients of the coveted trophy.

The audience enjoyed the performances and the participants aptly showcased their individual talents. Cox had a lot of fun watching the show, and said that she, “was impressed with the talent [she] saw.”

Landreau agreed, remarking that, “all in all, the 2nd annual Sprangs Got Talent was a success and a fun evening! All the students did a great job, and I enjoyed being able to sit and provide feedback to all the performers. It takes a lot of skill, courage, and confidence to get up in front of your peers and put yourself out there. Not to mention, doing it for a panel of judges.”

Everyone in attendance would certainly agree with Willis that, “SPRANGS does have a lot of talent!”

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