Students perform off Broadway in style
It’s not every day you see your classmates singing a pop song they practiced for weeks, or playing an intricate classical piece on the Chinese cello. Believe it or not, the Northwood Talent Show on March 10 offered all that and more.
“I loved the talent show!” said Luc Landeis, a Spanish teacher and one of the judges. “Even the students that I already knew from Spanish class surprised me with their talents in music and dance. It’s fun for people to see a different side of students they may not see in class.”
The judges decided 1st through 3rd place at the end of the night. Junior Jasmine Clarke won 1st place for her performance of “Stay” by Rihanna, and sophomore Celine Meng played “If You” by Bigbang on the Chinese cello and won 2nd place. Junior Jonathan Banh and sophomore Irene Kim tied for 3rd place with senior Sohini Halder; Banh and Kim danced to “Sax” by Fleur East and Halder played and sang a song she wrote called “Refugee,” an emotional invitation to foreigners to immigrate to the United States. “Refuge” began with quotes from quotes from the poem on the plaque on the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal.
“I guess I chose this song because it was emotional and one of my favourites to sing live,” Clarke said. “It always reminds me of the family I left behind when moving to the U.S.”
Sophomore Ryan Dong gave a unique solo magic performance. After reminiscing over his trip to New York in winter, he said he had brought back snow for the audience to see. The big reveal of the glass he held turned out to contain water, but that didn’t stop him. Using a fan, he blew pieces of snow he created over the audience, accompanied by soaring music.
The show included two piano performances: sophomore Angela Chen played “Etude Op.25 No.1” by Chopin and sophomore Ryan Quan played “Presto Agitato Opus 19 No. 5’ by Mendelssohn. The remainder of the acts featured students singing while accompanied on the piano and guitar.
Pep Rally Commissioners and seniors Marcus Redman and Matthew Liu hosted the show, telling jokes in between each act. In addition to Landeis, English teachers Cameron Wroe and Marina Alburger and P.E. teacher Margie Gutierrez also judged. The Talent Show couldn’t have been possible without the planning skills of Freshman Class Council and the stage knowledge of Tech Crew.
“I think the talent show was a great showcase of not only the different talents Northwood has, but also of how supportive the student body is,” said art teacher Kimberly Rohrs. “It is always so nice to see everyone support each other to pursue their passions whether that is playing the Chinese Cello, dancing, singing or doing magic. I know all the acts felt the love from the audience.”
Northwood’s talent will be displayed again in the Vocal Pops Concert from May 22-23 and the Instrumental Pops Concert from May 24-25.