Students take talent to stage

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Sequim Gazette staff

Simon Cowell won’t be at either of Sequim High School’s 2014 Talent Show evenings — but the next American Idol might be.


Some of the school’s top singers, dancers, musicians and other entertainers are prepping two upcoming shows, putting their talents on display for community judges one night and “People’s Choice” honors the next.


Talent shows are slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7 (“Judge’s Choice), and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 (“People’s Choice”). Tickets are available at the door: $4 for students with ASB cards and senior citizens, $6 general admission and $15 for a family pass.


One of the show’s organizers, Allison Masangkay, said this year’s event includes 17 acts.


“There will be a lot of great variety this year, including rock bands, lyrical jazz and tap dances, acoustic covers and original songs, a boy band, contemporary piano pieces, an a cappella group and a magic act,” Masangkay said.


The show also includes non-competitive performances, one by the Sequim High School Choir’s Men’s Ensemble that qualified for the state solo and ensemble competition, and a second involving Class of 2014 seniors doing a group hip hop dance.


Judges for the March 7 show include SHS alumni who work in the local music scene and others who work in the school’s music and drama programs, Masangkay said.


As in previous shows, “People’s Choice” winners are determined by the audience. Each audience member receives a ballot as they enter. They may cast their votes in boxes lined up in the lobby of the auditorium.


Winners are announced at the school on March 10.


Talent Show emcees are Danny Willis, Ben Heintz and Jacob Fink, regular members of the SHS operetta productions.


For the second consecutive year, Sequim High executive ASB officers are in charge of the talent show, with teacher Jake Reichner advising.


At the auditions, more than 30 student acts tried out.


“We really had to narrow it down, and we definitely have the best of the best in the show,” Masangkay said.
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