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Middle Schoolers Present Talent Show
Posted 12/01/2017 08:00AM

The Middle School’s Fall Talent Show on November 17 showcased the creative skills of over two dozen students before a crowd of parents, grandparents and other community members.

The show, which took place in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre, featured performances of songs and music in a variety of genres, an original dance piece, a Rubik’s Cube act, and a reading from John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address.

Matthew Van Wright said he chose to read excerpts from JFK’s speech “because it is still relevant today. We still face some of the same problems.” 

He went on to forcefully read such excerpts as “Let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness” and “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” 

As he began his “Original Rubik’s Cube Act,” Alex Nappo asked, “Before I start, would someone like to scramble it?” Another Middle School student hopped onstage, turned the sides of the three-dimensional cube many times, and then handed it back to Alex.

It took Alex only 49 seconds to get all six sides of the cube aligned by color, prompting the audience to give him a standing ovation. 

During her performance, Alisa Beck sang Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Before she began, she said, “I dedicate this song to all the grandparents out there” – a nod to the fact that the show took place on Grandparents and Special Friends Day at the Middle School. 

The other performers and their acts were:

MastersSingers, who sang “Razzle Dazzle” from the musical Chicago (by Kander & Ebb)

Alice Fuller, who sang “Set it All Free” (by Dave Bassett)

Julianne Korb, who sang “Fly” (by Maddie & Tae and Tiffany Vartanyan)

Keira Burgos, Aviv Emery and Viviana Simon, who sang “The Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton (by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Mary Grace Lynch and Clara Nalle, who performed an original dance piece

Christopher Gatty, who performed Niccolo Paganini’s waltz from Sonata #9 on guitar 

AJ Halpern, who sang “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid (by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken)  

Finn Alexander, Mac Alexander, Jackson Manfredi and Noah Lin, who performed “Sunshine of Your Love” (by Cream)

Preludes, who sang “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen (by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

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