Caitlin Harjes, a Moffat County High School freshman, performs “Standing Still” on Saturday night during the Craig Concert Association’s annual Talent Show.

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Caitlin Harjes, a Moffat County High School freshman, performs “Standing Still” on Saturday night during the Craig Concert Association’s annual Talent Show.

Craig stars shine on stage at annual Talent Show

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Shane Burdette, of Hayden, and Emily Miller, a Moffat County High School senior, perform “Thieves” before the crowd Saturday night during the Craig Concert Association’s annual Talent Show.

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“The Denim Girls” — Nicole Feree, left, and Caitlin Harjes —perform a duet of “Rocky Mountain High” on Saturday night during the Craig Concert Association’s annual Talent Show.

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The Craig Middle School Varsity Brass Quintet plays “The Battle Hym of the Republic” on Saturday night at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

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Deb Coniff and Bob LaFord perform “Cool Change” on Saturday night at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Coniff and LaFord were among the performers participating in the Craig Concert Association’s annual Talent Show.

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Starlite Express II entertain the crowd Saturday night during their performance of “Dancing Queen” at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

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Members of Starlite Express II perform “Dancing Queen” during the Craig Concert Association’s annual Talent Show.

It’s no small feat to make a star shine, let alone a dozen of them, but for Tami Ahlmer, seeing the young luminaries she had put so much work into coaching was well worth the effort.

The Craig Concert Association’s annual talent show was rife with strong performances, such as those by Ahlmer’s students, on Saturday at the Moffat County High School auditorium, as 23 acts entertained the audience.

Largely made up of musical sets, the show contained a wide variety of entertainment for the crowd of more than 300 people, emceed by Mary Lynne James.

“I was a little worried about it being the night before Easter, but it turned out really well,” organizer Denise Hainault said.

This is the first year Hainault has served as an organizer for the event. Making sure the range of music was evenly dispersed was part of the responsibility.

“We wanted to make sure people didn’t hear the same kind of thing over and over,” she said.

The night began with the MCHS Brass Ensemble’s rendition of classical composer Franz Haydn’s “Capriccio,” moving on to more modern selections like Craig Middle School sixth-grader Isaac Montoya’s guitar and vocal solo of folk rock group Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Southern Cross.”

While Bill Ronis performed his original song, “Damn Fog,” most performers went the familiar route.

The Little River Band, Muddy Waters, Miley Cyrus, George Harrison and the Beach Boys were among the popular musicians covered by performers.

More traditional pieces like “Amazing Grace,” performed in a duet by MCHS freshmen Emily Counts and Travis Walsh, and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” by the CMS Varsity Brass Quintet were also heard.

Hainault said being behind the scenes was more complicated than performing as she has herself in previous years.

“We were trying to make sure the larger groups were ready beforehand so it went smoother,” she said. “The people are supportive of each other, and they all pitch in.”

Some performers also combined other elements with their music, such as MCHS junior Satori Weis, whose dance routine with luminescent hula hoops was one of the crowd’s favorites.

“People really liked the hoop dancing,” Hainualt said. “They also loved the brass groups and the girls in Starlite Express.”

Starlite Express I and II were among the youngest in the show. Starlite Express, consisting of seven girls ages 7 to 10, performed the Olsen twins’ “Ice Cream Crazy,” while the second group, consisting of seven girls ages 10 to 13, sang “Dancing Queen” by ABBA.

As their instructor, Ahlmer said she was proud of all the girls.

“We’ve only been working on this for a couple months, and we hadn’t even planned to perform, but it seemed like a good idea to get them ready for our recital on May 26,” she said. “I think they did pretty well since it was their first time onstage for most of them. They looked really cute in their outfits, which I think made it fun for the audience.”

Ahlmer is also a member of the Bella Voce Chorus and performed in the Talent Show last year.

“I think it’s fun to get the community to share their talents because it gives them something to work toward,” she said. “That’s what makes the show so great.”

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