The Annual Junior/Senior Talent Show at Hannibal High School showed why the event has continued for a great many years when more than two dozen acts took the stage before a packed audience at the school on March 6.
Emcee and host for the evening was Victor Licatese.
Guest judges included teachers Nicole Erkan, Patrick Earley, Brooke Fingland, and John Manion, who scored each act on a scale of one to five.
Setting the tone for the night’s fun and frivolity, the first act by “More Than Cookies,” featured Girl Scout camp songs that had the audience laughing non-stop.
The songs contained lyrics that involved electrocuted squirrels, dead reindeer, weenies, shaking tails and finished with God Bless My Underwear, to which judge Erkan exclaimed, “I was a Girl Scout and we didn’t sing those songs!”
Other acts included: Alexis Hartle singing Try Hard; Cati Emmons’ and Gabby Griffin’s dance entitled Double D; Dominique Santore, Amanda Miano and Aryel Griffis with If You Say So; Chumani Ketcham and Amanda Kimball with an original clarinet composition entitled Mystic Tears; followed by a strobe light dance number entitled Reptile by a group called Pattosaurus Rex that spoofed a certain judge on the panel; Billy Skipper surprised and delighted with his rendition of Your Man in a deep baritone voice; and rounding out Act One a Happy dance by The Foreigners, aka the foreign exchange students at the school.
Judge Fingland said to the students following their performance, “I think I speak for everyone here and in the Hannibal community when I say, you make us happy.”
Following a short intermission, act two continued to please those in attendance beginning with a medley of Georgian folk music by foreign exchange student Keti Chapiashvili.
That was followed by a dance number entitled Courage Is by Aryel Griffis; an acapella duo by Rayshelle Smith and Chumani Ketcham called Let It Go; a large group of “front row girls” performed a singing spoof on the Backstreet Boys’ hit I Want It That Way that altered the lyrics to say “I want to graduate”; Lindsey Wheeler performed a beautiful, lyrical dance routine to the song Skinny Love; Brett Dumas sang a solo performance of Just the Way You Are.
The band Chicken and Crackers sang a number of “school appropriate tunes” that got the whole crowd up and dancing before the senior class joined the band onstage for the grand finale song Don’t Stop Believing.
Hannibal High School’s Annual Junior/Senior Talent Show was a huge success, packing the auditorium and delighting the audience with a wide variety of talent showcased at the school.
It’s no surprise why the event has continued for many years.