Talent Show Spotlights Twain Students

Second grader Sophia Rupp sings "Castle On a Cloud" from Les Miserables.
Second grader Sophia Rupp sings “Castle On a Cloud” from Les Miserables. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Mark Twain Elementary School held its 15th annual student talent show on Friday night, Feb. 26. Billed as “Mark Twain’s Got Talent,” the production comprised 15 acts performed by 29 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

There were vocal, piano, violin, ukulele and classical guitar solos. Five emcees provided between-act comedy. And there was a ton of dancing, from solo routines to a choreographed performance of four students on hover boards.

The music was everything from Bach and Beethoven to Les Miserables and Adele. While one student played a Star Wars medley on piano, two others fenced with light sabers. The big closer was a 10-student routine to “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO — which, according to the crowd’s reaction, might be America’s favorite song.

Organizing all 29 students was talent show chairperson Lisa Magee, with her husband Tom manning the spotlight.

Fifth grader Kai Edwards sings Adele's "Hello," in dress rehearsal. He's accompanied on piano by classmate Amy DeVaughan.
Fifth grader Kai Edwards sings Adele’s “Hello,” in dress rehearsal. He’s accompanied on piano by classmate Amy DeVaughan.
Second grader Carly Selig (left) and kindergartener Claire Hansen spar with light sabers in dress rehearsal. At the talent show they performed with the lights off and only their lit swords showing. They were accompanied on piano by Brady Hansen, who played a Stars Wars medley.
Second grader Carly Selig (left) and kindergartner Claire Hansen spar with light sabers in dress rehearsal. At the talent show they performed with the lights off and only their lit swords showing. They were accompanied on piano by Brady Hansen, who played a Stars Wars medley.
In dress rehearsal (above) and on performance night (below) is the "hover board squad," made up of fifth graders (from left) Jamia Welch, Eric Rojas, McKenzie Hamilton and Kennadie Miller.
The “hover board squad” in dress rehearsal (above) and on performance night (below) is made up of fifth graders (above, from left) Jamia Welch, Eric Rojas, McKenzie Hamilton and Kennadie Miller.

Eric Rojas, Jamia Welch, Kennadie Miller, McKenzie Hamilton

The talent show filled the Mark Twain gym.
The talent show attracts a large crowd to the Mark Twain gym.
Second grader Alex Tung plays Bach's "Bourree."
Second grader Alex Tung plays Bach’s “Bourree.”
Above and below, fourth grader Emily Green performs a dance/gymnastics routine to the song "Confident."
Above and below, fourth grader Emily Green performs a dance/gymnastics routine to the song “Confident.”

SJB_7592 Emily Green

Fourth grader Alex Mayer performs a Star Wars medley in three parts. Playing along with her on violin and piano were kindergartener Charlotte White and fourth graders Avery White and Haven White.
Fourth grader Alex Mayer performs a Star Wars medley in three parts. Playing along with her on violin and piano were kindergartner Charlotte White and fourth graders Avery White and Haven White.
Above and below, Kai Edwards sings Adele's hit song "Hello" to Amy DeVaughan's accompaniment.
Above and below, Kai Edwards sings Adele’s hit song “Hello” to Amy DeVaughan’s accompaniment.

Kai Edwards, Amy DeVaughan

Above and below, fourth grader Ava Amad dances to "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes.
Above and below, fourth grader Ava Amad dances to “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes.

SJB_7684 Ava Amad

First grader Charlie Butler accompanies herself on ukulele while singing "I Live In a Beach House."
First grader Charlie Butler accompanies herself on ukulele while singing “I Live In a Beach House.”
The talent show was coordinated by Lisa Magee, shown here at the dress rehearsal.
The talent show was coordinated by Lisa Magee, shown here at the dress rehearsal.
The closing number is a dance to "Party Rock Anthem.
The closing number included a dance off to “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO. Dancers are (from left) Lilly Lancaster, Cate Wagner, Jamia Welch, Eric Rojas, Abigail Ressner and Jackson Devers.
Fifth graders Eric Rojas (left) and Jackson Devers.
Fifth graders Eric Rojas (left) and Jackson Devers.
Jackson Devers gives a final wave as the curtain closes.
Jackson Devers gives a final wave as the curtain closes.

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