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"Peter Pan" fundraiser proves "Everyone's Got Talent" at NRHS



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Young boys and girls from the Newfound Regional School District got into the act at “Almost Everyone’s Got Talent” last Saturday evening when they joined the high school students in a song medley from “Annie Get Your Gun,” which included “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
October 17, 2012
BRISTOL — "Almost Everyone's Got Talent" was the theme of Newfound Regional High School's variety show last week, and that statement certainly proved to be true in the performances by all who took to the stage last Saturday night.

"It's always been our dream to do 'Peter Pan' (for the spring musical), so the money raised by the talent show will help us hire a professional crew to help us out," said Ann Learned of the PTO's We Can Fly Committee. "If we're going to 'fly,' we want people here who know what they're doing."

Throughout the night, there were a wide variety of performances, but they weren't all from the students. Kicking off the show was a humorous video produced by Susan Colby featuring many local faces as they sang along to the hit song "Call Me Maybe," including employees of area businesses and the Bristol police and fire departments.

Newfound Middle School Principal Eric Chase also got into the spirit of the fundraising event with a saxophone solo before Becca Turmel held everyone spellbound with her vocal performance of "The Very Last Country Song."

A theatrical touch was added when Alyssa Albert, Jen Dorsett, Johnny Masse, Jake Schaffner and Jenn Simpson presented a series of short skits, which demonstrated the difference each actor can make in a scene.

Simpson appeared a number of times on stage, as she also sang duets with Schaffner from the Broadway musicals "Annie Get Your Gun," "Guys and Dolls," and "Spamalot," and danced in performances that included students from local elementary schools.

"We only had three rehearsals, but they did really well. It was fun to get some new kids involved in this year's show," said Simpson.

The first dance routine with the younger students was to a medley of songs from "Annie Get Your Gun" as well, and featured Turmel as the character Annie. Later, the boys and girls returned for Indian Dance from "Peter Pan," and got to strut their stuff in the "Rich Kid Rag" at the end of the night.

Other outstanding solo performances by Sharleigh Thomson further proved there is plenty of talent in Newfound Regional School District as she sang "On My Own" from "Les Miserables" and "My Friend the Dictionary" from the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

"Having been an English teacher for 40 years, I'm not sure why that show is mandatory viewing," joked emcee Natalie Murphy as she introduced Thomson.

But the show stopping act for the night came from members of the PTO with their contribution, "Moms the Word." Dressed in black outfits lined with florescent glow tubes, they wowed the crowd with a wild dance medley on the darkened stage. Performing in the act were Susan Colby, Beth Croxon, Tammy Glidden, Ann Learned, Christine Swenson and Tammy Turmel.

Students were pleased with the evening's performances and are excited to soon begin tryouts and rehearsals for the 2013 community musical.

"I was just so happy to see so many people come out in support of our musical and we're all looking forward to Peter Pan next spring," said Simpson after the show.

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