Sun­ny­side Tal­ent Show Raises the Roof

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

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

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