This year our annual school talent show took on a new format. It was still as cute as ever. The theme was Talent Through the Decades. Most of the acts were whole classes doing songs from the Hit Parade of the 40s through the Present, with a few small group and solo acts thrown in for good measure, and one faculty act. The emcees, our social worker and literacy coach, wore the fashions of the decades(one was a convincing, if somewhat toned-down Madonna!) and shared fun facts between acts.
A kindergarten class had the opening act- “You Are My Sunshine.” They waved sunflowers they made and then surprised their retiring teacher with a “We Love You, Mrs. Woods” banner. Next came the other kindergarten class with “The Twist” complete with a little “Fonz” in a black leather jacket and a girl with a ponytail and poodle skirt. Adorable!!
The “Y-M-C-A” with all the costumes got a lot of applause. There were lots of “oohs” for the second graders who did “I Wanna Be Rich,” flashing giant size paper money as they danced. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” by a third grade class with some sassy girl dancers was a big hit and so was another third grade with a “Cotton Eye Joe” line dance from “Urban Cowboy” which featured lassoing their teacher and tying him up at the end. Another crowd-pleaser was the fourth grade class who performed “She’s A Lady” for their teacher, another retiree. All the boys tipped their imaginary hats to her, and they all gave her red tissue paper flowers.
A fourth grader performed a Michael Jackson routine. A fifth grade girl who sang a solo was so overcome by nerves she covered her face and cried before regaining composure and finishing her song. A sixth grade beginning band student played a solo on the clarinet with only one squeak.
Everyone had such a good time. The kids were beside themselves with excitement over being onstage. Some kids with extraordinary talent shone bright, but what was really great was that every child who participated felt like a star- you could tell they did by the mega-watt smiles!