BHS National Honor Society & SADD Present Annual Talent Show
Participants in the annual Talent Show at BHS
On April 2, some of Bellingham’s most gifted residents gathered at Bellingham High School’s auditorium to perform in the National Honor Society’s and Students Against Destructive Decisions’ (SADD’s) 15th Annual Talent Show.
Comedic hosts Eli Sutcliffe and BHS art teacher Amanda Cabral started the evening’s program by introducing the first act, by 4-year-old Margaret Floeckher. “Fifteen years ago a woman, Tracy Dennis Floeckher, did a duet with her sister at this very talent show, and… they sang a song called ‘Sisters’ from the movie White Christmas,” said Cabral, “and tonight, her daughter… is going to be singing for you.” Margaret Floeckher then launched into a dynamic rendition of Frozen’s “Let It Go.” Margaret’s vibrant performance got the ball rolling for the slew of talented acts to follow.
Jamie Mazdrachi offered a magnificent rendition of Miley Cyrus’s “Someone Else,” and Anthony Salvucchi sang and played the guitar to “Little Things” by Ed Sheeran. Later in the show the two joined in an impressive duet of Christina Perri’s “One Thousand Years.”
Brothers Joe and Rob Oliver performed a chilling rendition of “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkel. Afterward, they showcased their individual talents as Rob sang “The Impossible Dream” from the musical Man from La Mancha by Dale Wasserman and Joe crooned “Beauty School Dropout” from the musical Grease.
Carrying on the singing trend was Mia Torricelli, who dedicated a wonderful rendition of “Greatest Love of All” to her role model and the original artist of the song, Whitney Houston. Later, Rose Pioli sang along to “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay; and another duo, pianist Boston Strong and singer Lindsey Dylans, performed the poignant song “Isn’t It Funny” by Bombadil. Special performer and BHS Spanish teacher David Holmes exhibited his combined talents of singing and guitar by serenading the audience with Rod Stewart’s “Reason to Believe.”
Besides the multitude of talented singers, the show also featured two of the high school’s gifted flutists. Katelyn Burchill played Maroon 5’s renowned hit “Payphone.” Later, flutist Kathleen Chappie performed Mozart’s “Andante in C.”
And what would a talent show be without a few performers demonstrating their dancing skills? Using the breadth of the stage, Justine Keeler tap danced to several contemporary classics, and Kyle Martin taught the audience how to “pop and lock” as he showcased his moves to a pulsing electronic track.
Finishing off the evening’s entertainment, BHS’s Drama Club took the stage and put on an impressive and vibrant performance of Godspell, a musical by Stephen Schwartz. Donning a multi-colored wardrobe, the students sang abridged versions of the musical’s many numbers.
SADD advisor Melissa Newman plans to put the proceeds from the talent show’s ticket sales toward educational programs focused on student safety. “With the money raised from the show, SADD is able to bring in programs or speakers during the school year. This past year we brought in a company that works with the Department of Defense on training, simulators, and the dangers of texting and driving,” said Newman. In particular, she aims to focus on texting and driving. “The biggest problem now—more so than drunk driving—is texting and driving. We want to do something that deals with texting behind the wheel,” she said.
To drum up support for next year’s event, Newman encourages BHS students to exhibit their talents in the show or demonstrate their support for their fellow classmates by attending the event. Newman went on to say, “It’s a very laid-back show. We encourage kids to get out [on stage], do what you do, and enjoy it. You’ll be doing a good thing, and you’ll be raising money for [SADD].”