Minerva students display talent

OLMSTEDVILLE - Students from Minerva Central School took part in a semi-annual talent show as a fundraiser for the Minerva drama club recently.

The talent show was produced by vocal music teacher and drama club adviser Sabrina LaPointe.

The participants varied in age from fourth grade through high school seniors.

A total of 17 acts were presented, which included various singing groups, instrumental solos and ensembles, dancing and poetry readings.

Audience members were treated to a coffeehouse style of performance, with tables set up around the gym and beverages and baked goods available.

Some of the highlights of the evening included the MCS jazz combo and woodwind quartet, led by instrumental music teacher Nancy DeLong, each performing two pieces. Senior Sabrina Hodges participated in many different acts, including singing the song "Cowboy, Take Me Away" by the Dixie Chicks along with her mother, Wynette Ritchotte. Senior Travis Salisbury performed the song "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls as a guitar solo. Fourth grader Blake Piper, fresh from his starring role as Jojo in Minerva's production of "Seussical Junior" last year, performed both on soprano recorder and sang the solo "Do Re Mi" from The Sound of Music. Fifth graders Taylor Feiden, Danielle McNally and Cheyenne Williams performed an original dance, as well as two instrumental pieces. Freshman Tara Galusha performed in both the jazz combo and woodwind quartet, as well as playing a jazz solo on alto saxophone and performing a vocal trio with Aleynah Gardinier and Elizabeth O'Connor.

The evening was culminated by a performance of the song "Mama, I'm A Big Girl Now" from Hairspray by 16 members of the Minerva senior chorus. The performers donned 1960's era costumes, hair and makeup. Soloists included Amanda Bellotti, Sabrina Hodges, Tara Galusha, Samantha Vanderwarker and Toni Dunbar. A complete dance routine added to the hilarity of the song.

Jed Armstrong, Minerva math teacher, assisted with the sound system and lighting. Shannon Stone, English teacher, assisted with hair and makeup. Sarah Fink, science teacher, participated in both the MCS jazz combo and woodwind quartet.

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