North Royalton High School's Most Talented Students Participate in 31st Annual Talent Show
On Friday, January 29, North Royalton High School held its 31st annual high school PTA talent show. The show had 14 acts and approximately 30 students participated, whether behind the scenes or on stage.
The acts were Josh Irish showing off is DJ ability; Gabi Collier singing “These Four Walls;” Vincent Fondale on piano; Morgan Diugolinski singing “I Will Wait;” Mira Hanft singing “Don’t you Worry;” Elaine Slaby playing “You’ll be in my Heart;” and Jessica Mitchell singing “Holding out for a Hero.” Act One finished with high school band members Brian Chu, Ryan Chester, Rachel Eisaman, Kaitlyn Harvey, Duncan Kelbey, Brian Kozik, Jaimie Pheneger, Elaine Slaby and Chris Steele playing together in an ensemble entitled “Pure Awesomeness.” Act Two featured Emily Sprunger singing “Taylor, the Latte Boy,” Lexi Matlock accompanied by David Baraona on piano for the song “Thinking Out Loud;” Jessica Mitchell dancing to “Mad World;” Maddie Capuano singing “Skinny Love;” Hope Clay singing “My Immortal;” and ending the show was Matthew Nethers playing “Feed the Machine” on guitar.
Besides the acts, Joe Humes, Peter Grasso, Julie Gordon, Daniel Hornik and Nick Tomola worked on stage, light and sound crews to make sure the show ran smoothly. Also, emcees Jessica Mitchell and Curt Sprunger tapped into their own creative and comedic talent both in their written scripts and delivery of jokes between acts.
When asked about the importance of the high school PTA Talent Show, Karen Grasso, who has directed it for the last six years, said, "The Talent Show allows students to share their talent and passion with each other. We have wonderful performers including those who otherwise do not participate in the school's music and performance groups who take this opportunity to shine. It is always such a wonderful experience for me as I see these performers grow from year to year."
The PTA uses the talent show as an opportunity to benefit the community and other PTA sponsored school activities. Guests had the option of bringing in nonperishable food items or paying $3 for admission into the show. The cans were collected for the North Royalton Food Bank and proceeds from $3 admission went to support PTA activities including the Talent Show, the Glo-Ro Dance in March and other student activities.
“If it weren’t for the Talent Show, these students wouldn’t have the opportunity to express themselves and showcase their talent,” said PTA President Chris May. “I am happy to know that the PTA is able to provide this venue for them.”