Sunnyside Talent Show Raises the Roof
Sunnyside’sfirst official Community Talent Show , held at the school on Tuesday, June 2nd, was a resounding success. The show was the brainchild of Ms. Emily Grey of Sunnyside School. Organized and promoted almost exclusively by Ms. Grey, the show
was unquestionably a sensation, as well as a testimony to the determination of a woman on a mission to score a sound system. The Talent Show idea was conceived as a means of raising the funds for Sunnyside to purchase a new sound system for the school gymnasium. And when I say ‘new’ sound system, I actually refer to a ‘real’ sound system, as the previous system was no more than a laptop with small speaker back-up on a good day.
Thanks to the steely resolve of Ms. Grey, Sunnyside hosted a full house audience at $3 a ticket and wowed the audience with 22 acts of substantial talent. Between the tap-dancing juggler and a six year old singing Hannah Montana’s ‘The Climb’, the audience showed genuine appreciation as one great act followed another. The children were not the only performers. Adult singing groups performed, as did numerous teachers from Sunnyside,. Mr. Fendler played guitar and sang the Blues while Heather Webster played a funky looking, wooden Irish flute. Winners were scored on a point system, not on emotional reaction from the crowd, which was common, as many singers elicited clapping in time to their music from the enthusiastic and engaged audience members.
The show lasted almost two hours and refreshments and baked goods were sold in the school lobby. In total the event raised $925 toward the school’s new sound system. Although there are still funds to be raised, Ms. Grey, excited by the show’s success, vowed to hold another show next year. The audience showed their support with loud applause as Ms. Grey was praised by coworkers for her hard work, long hours and her dedication to helping fulfill the needs of her students and school. Congratulations Ms. Grey from all of the impressed parents who thoroughly enjoyed your production and look forward to next year’s event with enthusiasm.
Michelle Jacques juggles while tap dancing, winning first
place in adolescent group.
Sunnyside gymnasium filled with enthusiastic audience