Performances by high school students highlight CCA’s annual talent show
In an age of YouTube, video editing, voiceovers and remixes, Mary Lynne James believes there is still something to be said for people willing to put on a live performance.
“With video you can edit it and make whatever you are producing perfect,” James said.
“But, there is something special about a live performance.”
James served as master of ceremonies Saturday night for the Craig Concert Association’s annual talent show at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.
James has been the MC since the 1990s. She dubbed the 2012 performance as the “year of the sophomore.”
“It’s amazing how many of our performers are (MCHS) sophomores,” James said.
“And, a lot of them have performed in the show in the past.”
“It’s a lot of fun to watch these kids cycle through the program year after year and see how they have grown. Everyone is different, which is why you have to come back to see this every year.”
This year’s talent show featured 10 musical performances ranging from drum, guitar and vocal solos to duets and quintets.
Among the slate of performers were MCHS sophomores Nicole Ferree and Caitlin Harjes, also known as the Denim Girls.
Although Ferree and Harjes are proficient at playing more than 20 different instruments between the two of them, they stuck to their staples by performing an acoustic guitar rendition of Susan Gibson’s “Wide Open Spaces.”
“I can remember when these two young ladies first performed as seventh-graders and that takes a lot of nerve,” James said.
“I remember they wore these cute little denim outfits and their music hasn’t changed in that sense.
“It’s still sweet, it’s still true, but as with their outfits, you will notice that their talents have also matured over time.”
In addition to a variety of musical performances, the talent show also featured an interpretive storytelling piece put on by the Positive Charge Youth Group.
Ashlee Douglas, Chris Groucher, Brad Kennedy, Mike Story, Moriah Mecham, Cassidy Wagner, Kaytlin Herring, Sidney Ferguson and Katie Kennedy performed the story. Although the performance was done to the song “Everything” by Lighthouse, there were no spoken words.
James introduced the performance as a type of love story and the group performed a piece on the power of faith and forgiveness in a world filled with temptation and peer pressure.
Although a powerful performance to conclude the night’s festivities, one group roused an electric response from the crowd.
Boom Sonic, a quintet featuring brass musicians Trey Choice, Dallen Gillett, Chris Kling and Ryan Secules, and drummer Mitch Romney, performed “Sonic Boom,” an original arrangement by Choice.
The group came together specifically to perform in Saturday night’s show and felt it was appropriate to play off the title of their song when deciding on a band name.
“I was actually thinking of it as a joke,” Gillett said.
“But then we just decided to go with it.”
Despite the enthusiastic response from the crowd, Romney said Saturday likely marked a one-time performance.
“It was just something we wanted to do for fun,” Romney said.
“We all like to perform, but this was something we just wanted to do for the talent show.”
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